May 9, 2014 |
A proposal to build an offshore wind farm about three miles east of Atlantic City could be back in the race to become the nation's first. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that the New Jersey project would receive up to $47 million in funding over the next four years - a quarter of the $188 million plan. Financial feasibility had been the main issue when, in March, the state Board of Public Utilities rejected the plan. Fishermen's Energy asked for a reconsideration, which was rejected in late April.
March 21, 2014 |
New Jersey's energy regulation agency on Wednesday rejected the funding mechanism for a $188 million offshore wind farm, essentially blocking a proposal that supporters said could have made the state a leader in offshore wind. At a meeting Wednesday in Trenton, the four commissioners of the state Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously, in support of board staff's recommendation, to reject the proposal. The funding was the final necessary piece of the proposed Atlantic City Offshore Windfarm project, developer Fishermen's Energy said.
October 2, 2013 |
The Sierra Club launched an ad campaign Monday aimed at pressuring Gov. Christie into making building offshore wind farms a priority. The ad blitz - including messages on billboards on major highways and in some of the state's largest newspapers - came as a new poll showed broad support among New Jerseyans for public investment in renewable energy sources, including offshore wind farms. "I join the majority of New Jerseyans calling on Gov. Christie to make our state a leader in clean, renewable offshore wind power," Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, said in a statement Monday.
July 21, 2013 |
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.
March 19, 2013 |
New Jersey is hoping to lure an offshore wind manufacturer to the state to help jump-start a green industry, but a lucrative incentive aimed at attracting the business is no longer available. A landmark offshore-wind law enacted by the Christie administration in 2010 offered up to $100 million in tax credits if a manufacturer located its operations in the state, but to qualify, a company had to make its decision by the end of 2012. Lawmakers in both chambers have introduced bills extending the deadline to July 1, 2014.
February 26, 2013 |
How many tourists would travel to Atlantic City to view the nation's first offshore wind farm? Fishermen's Energy, which has proposed building five giant turbines about 2.8 miles off the resort city's beaches, estimates 4.5 million people a year would visit the site, according to a consultant's report that recommends the state should turn down the project because it is too costly. Fishermen's Atlantic City Windfarm anticipates more visitors each year than the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., the Washington Monument, or the Museum of Modern Art in New York, according to a derisive analysis by Acadian Consulting Group that was commissioned by the New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel, the state's ratepayer advocate.
January 28, 2013 |
Offshore wind power has gotten off to a slow start in New Jersey, but that has not stopped the developers of an ambitious plan to transmit the electricity generated by giant turbines from moving forward with their multi-billion dollar project. The developers of the Atlantic Wind Connection, which envisions building a seabed transmission backbone linking offshore power generators to onshore customers, are rallying political support for the project, casting it as a cost-effective solution that will make New Jersey the center of the nation's offshore power industry.
January 16, 2013
In the Region Plan for giant wind farms off N.J. Atlantic Wind Connection announced Tuesday that it selected New Jersey for the first phase for its transmission project that envisions connecting giant offshore wind farms to the power grid. The Princeton consortium's plans call for converting power generated by wind turbines to high-voltage direct-current electricity that would be transmitted to the mainland by undersea cables. The power would be converted on offshore platforms about 260 feet long, 165 feet wide and 11 stories above the water, according to its application filed with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management . The NJ Energy Link would connect offshore power to users in northern, central and southern New Jersey.
January 16, 2013
Atlantic Wind Connection announced Tuesday that it has selected New Jersey for the first phase for its transmission project that envisions connecting giant offshore wind farms to the power grid. The Princeton consortium's plans call for converting power generated by wind turbines to high-voltage direct-current electricity that would be transmitted to the mainland by undersea cables. The power would be converted on offshore platforms about 260 feet long, 165 feet wide and 11 stories above the water, according to its application filed with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
September 2, 2012 |
Two years ago, Gov. Christie stood at a shuttered oil storage facility in Paulsboro and heralded a new era in which wind farms would line the Jersey Shore and the struggling refinery town would be revitalized by a new port and hundreds of new green-energy jobs. But to date, no projects have been approved and a system of ratepayer-funded subsidies that was supposed to get the wind operations off the ground still has not been agreed upon. "Early on, there was a lot of momentum, but now it feels like things have really slowed down," said Matt Elliott of the advocacy group Environment New Jersey.