TRENTON - New Jersey utility regulators dealt a setback Friday to a proposed wind farm off the beaches of Atlantic City, saying they were not satisfied that the project's economic benefits would outweigh the added cost of wind energy.
The Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously to accept a staff finding that the project's costs would not be offset by environmental benefits along with added jobs and investment in the region.
"Projects need to show additional jobs to offset the added cost" of wind energy, BPU chairman Robert Hanna said.
The Fishermen's Energy Atlantic City wind farm, the first offshore energy project to be considered by the BPU, would comprise five wind turbines positioned nearly three miles off Atlantic City. It would generate 25 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 20,000 customers.