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Solar emerging as threat to farm preservation

“If there are not limits placed on utility-scale solar projects, it will consume all of the remaining really great land in New Jersey,” said Susan Payne, executive director of New Jersey’s State Agriculture Development Committee. “I mean, it’s existential at that point.” ...On farms that have already been preserved, states must determine whether landowners can add solar arrays. And on farms that aren’t protected, preservationists could find themselves racing to get there before solar developers do.
16 Apr 2021

New Jersey legislators call to suspend offshore wind approval

New Jersey commercial fishermen who have been trying to slow the wind industry momentum were encouraged by news of the legislators' new skepticism. "Some of these legislators are starting to see the costs of all this," said Brick Wenzel, a Lavallette, N.J. fisherman who has been working with the New Jersey Farm Bureau, which recently joined fishing groups in calling for a five-year moratorium on wind projects.
15 Sep 2020

Lawmakers want to know how much customers will pay to fund clean energy

Part of the problem is the state has yet to calculate the cost of transforming New Jersey’s economy from one based on fossil fuels to clean energy, a big step that will mean more expensive bills, in some cases, largely funded by ratepayers. “When we look at the clean-energy costs, and it is expensive and we know it is expensive.’’ ...By most estimates, those subsidies have cost ratepayers nearly $3 billion over the past decade to support the program. The expense of future programs is more muddled. 
29 Apr 2019

Offshore wind companies in horse race for ratepayer subsidy

The three offshore wind companies with the ability to build turbines off New Jersey ...are in a competition for a ratepayer subsidy to build and run their facilities for 20 years, and that makes them cautious about describing the size and cost of their planned projects, where they will connect with New Jersey’s grid, and how they will minimize cost and maximize economic value to the state.
22 Sep 2018

Little Falls solar and wind energy ordinances need tweeking before going to planning board

Little Falls Council President Louis Fontana said creating the ordinances is a way for the township to be proactive in case issues arise in the future with solar and wind energy projects. "As solar and wind energy projects become more popular, we want to try and protect the town and put in place rules and regulations regarding them," said Fontana.
15 Jul 2016

Bayonne wind turbine's massive blades removed as repairs continue

The massive blades of the city's dormant wind turbine have been lowered to the ground as workers continue to carry out repairs that began last week. ...Every month that the turbine goes unrepaired costs the city roughly $25,000 in energy savings, Boyle has said. Assuming the turbine is fixed by the end of March, the money lost in energy savings would total about $225,000.
8 Mar 2016

BPU wants to know what public thinks of updated energy master plan for NJ

The hearings occur at a time when the Legislature is considering a bill that would dramatically ramp up the state’s reliance on renewable energy to meet its needs. If adopted, it would require 80 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2050. The proposal is opposed by many business groups, who fear it would boost already high energy costs, since some of the programs are funded by surcharges on utility bills.
15 Jun 2015

N.J. Supreme Court won’t hear appeal of controversial Union Beach wind turbine

While this newest development ends the legal battles between the borough and the sewerage authority for now, it remains unclear whether the authority, which has already spent nearly $6 million, will continue to pursue construction of the wind turbine. ...while the case was pending, the turbine was stored at a facility in Newark that was flooded during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. ...the turbine’s generator, its control panel and the blades were damaged.
27 Sep 2014

Attorney questions turbine law roots

A state law prohibiting Union Beach from blocking the construction of a large wind turbine may have been illegal “special legislation” written with input by a lobbyist, according to an attorney for the borough. Stuart Lieberman, special counsel for Union Beach, appeared Feb. 12 in the Appellate Division of state Superior Court in Mount Holly, seeking to overturn an earlier trial court ruling in favor of the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority (BRSA), which is seeking to build a 380-foot turbine in the borough.
19 Feb 2014

State may start funding energy-storage projects for solar and wind

Because the sun doesn't always shine and the wind doesn't always blow, energy storage is viewed as key to promoting cleaner ways of producing electricity. Energy storage is still under development. Given the intermittent nature of solar and wind, it is viewed as crucial to making clean energy competitive with conventional technologies like natural gas and coal-fired plants.
10 Apr 2013

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