Christie vetoes NJ offshore again
Governor quashes Fishermen’s Energy’s hopes of 24MW project
New Jersey governor Chris Christie has vetoed a bill that could have resurrected Fishermen’s Energy’s 24MW Atlantic City offshore wind project.
The legislation, which passed both houses of the state legislature in March, would have required regulators to open a new 30-day application window for small offshore wind projects.
The Board of Public Utilities previously rejected Fishermen’s pilot over cost and viability concerns.
It’s the second time Christie has quashed Fishermen’s hopes. He vetoed a similar bill in January.
Fishermen’s had retooled the demonstration scheme to try to win over regulators. The reconfigured project consists of six Siemens 4MW turbines installed three miles offshore in state waters.
The $220m demo has secured $50m in funding from the US Department of Energy but must meet certain milestones to get the full amount.
The Christie government in 2010 directed the BPU to develop a REC programme to support at least 1100MW of offshore wind generation however the board has yet to follow through.
Image: Fishermen's Energy met buoy on station off Atlantic City (Fishermen's Energy)