New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill (S-1217) on Thursday that will require the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to reconsider an application for Offshore Renewable Energy Credits (ORECs) from the Fishermen’s Energy Atlantic City offshore wind-farm project and to make a final determination within 90 days.
This will be the third time the BPU has reviewed the project. Fishermen’s has the necessary permits to move forward with the project, but it can’t begin building the turbines until the BPU approves its OREC application, the Fishermen’s Atlantic City web site states.
The project is set to use six Siemens SWT-4.0-130 wind turbines for a total of 24 MW of capacity.
The BPU’s review of this amended application would be limited to addressing any modification that may be needed to meet any concerns previously expressed or considered by the board specifically concerning the issues of turbine selection and substantiation of financial viability, according to a New Jersey Assembly Democrats press release. The law also provides that the cumulative number of wind turbines approved for the project would not exceed six.