ENVIRONMENT

Fishermen’s Energy Wants State Supreme Court to Rule on Wind-Farm Project

0056By Tom Johnson for NJ Spotlight

Fishermen’s Energy is taking its case to save its pilot offshore wind farm, which would be located about three miles from Atlantic City, to the state Supreme Court.

The proposed 25-megawatt wind farm in shallow coastal waters already has been rejected twice by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, a decision upheld by a state appellate court last month. It is the only offshore wind project to come before the agency, which called the proposal too costly to utility customers who would help pay for the facility.

The failure of the project has angered clean-energy advocates and many lawmakers, who see it as helping advance bigger offshore wind turbines along the coast. The state’s Energy Master Plan has a goal of developing 1,100 megawatts of offshore wind by 2020, a target most say is unlikely to be achieved.

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