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June 17, 2010 | By Chelsea Conaboy, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey has become a national leader in solar power with the help of a market-based incentive program. Legislative leaders now want to expand the program to include offshore wind projects in hopes of making the state a destination for developers. No offshore wind turbines yet exist in the United States, but states are in a race to be the first and biggest producers. A bill sponsored by Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) and Minority Leader Thomas H. Kean Jr. (R., Union)
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August 20, 2010 | By Chelsea Conaboy, Inquirer Staff Writer
A law signed Thursday by Gov. Christie pushed New Jersey a big step forward in the race to become the first state to erect offshore wind turbines. Legislators said the action could bring hundreds of green-energy jobs to Paulsboro, which they hope will become a hub of turbine manufacturing. Christie hopes to secure the title of first in the nation to attract developers and manufacturers associated with wind power. The law applies the same tool that helped the state become second, behind California, in solar-power.
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June 18, 2010 | By Chelsea Conaboy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Developing wind turbines off New Jersey's coast would have a "negligible" impact on the environment, according to preliminary results of a two-year study released Friday by the state Department of Environmental Protection. "We now have the science and data needed to take the first steps toward making wind energy projects a reality for New Jersey," Commissioner Bob Martin said in a written statement. Officials said the $7 million study, meant to provide a scientific baseline to direct planning for the turbines, should serve as a model for other states.
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October 2, 2008 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
TRENTON - New Jersey officials plan to announce Fridaytomorrow the winning proposal to build one of the nation's first offshore wind farms. The Board of Public Utilities is considering five proposals as part of a broader push for alternative energy sources in the state. The companies bidding for the $19 million grant range from one backed by utility PSEG, to a consortium of commercial fishermen. The pilot program will construct offshore wind turbines capable of generating 350 megawatts of power - enough energy to continually power 125,000 homes.
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December 2, 2010 | By Maya Rao, Inquirer Staff Writer
Offshore wind projects that would curb pollution and create jobs are making headway all along the East Coast, but more should be done to advance the fledgling industry, according to a report released Wednesday by clean-energy advocates. The report - prepared by the National Wildlife Federation and cosponsored by Environment New Jersey and more than 35 other organizations - called for an accelerated transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. That goal could be achieved, it said, by easing the long approval process for offshore wind development, investing more in the industry, and targeting high-priority zones off the coast for quicker permits.
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October 2, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 19, 2013 | By Tom Johnson, NJ SPOTLIGHT
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.
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January 16, 2012 | Associated Press
ATLANTIC CITY - The company planning to build what could be the nation's first offshore wind farm says it's ready to start construction on the multimillion-dollar project as soon as New Jersey officials give their approval. Fishermen's Energy of Cape May wants to build the wind farm about 2.8 miles off Atlantic City. It plans to erect five wind turbines that would produce up to 25 megawatts, capable of powering about 10,000 homes. The company says it hopes the state Board of Public Utilities will issue a decision on its proposal by March.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2012 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
The potential for wind turbines off the coast of New Jersey passed one more hurdle Thursday, when Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that several "priority areas" in the Mid-Atlantic had passed an initial environmental review. That allows the department to begin the process of offering leases to developers. "Offshore wind holds incredible potential for our country, and we're moving full-steam ahead to accelerate the siting, leasing, and construction of new projects," Salazar said.
NEWS
September 2, 2012 | By James Osborne, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 9, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 21, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 2, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 21, 2013 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
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.
NEWS
March 19, 2013 | By Tom Johnson, NJ SPOTLIGHT
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.
NEWS
February 26, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
January 28, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
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.
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September 2, 2012 | By James Osborne, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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