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NJ KOs plan for wind power farm off Atlantic City


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey energy regulators have taken the air out of a $188 million plan to build a wind power farm off the coast of Atlantic City.

The state Board of Public Utilities rejected a proposal by Fishermen’s Energy to build a windmill farm three miles off the state’s southern coast, deciding it was too risky financially.

Its five turbines would have generated about 25 megawatts of electricity. But it depended on a mixture of subsidies and federal grants to make sure ratepayers didn’t have to pay soaring bills.

Environmentalists decried the move, saying the state has squandered an opportunity to provide clean energy.

Jeff Tittel of the New Jersey Sierra Club says the board did not consider the benefits of reduced air pollution.