New Jersey Rejects Fishermen’s Proposal for Offshore Wind Farm

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities rejected, again, a proposed offshore wind farm, saying the Fishermen’s Energy LLC project “does not demonstrate financial integrity.”

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act in 2010 to promote the development of marine wind power. The state does not have any such projects in operation nor have any been approved.

The wind farm “does not provide a net economic and environmental benefit to New Jersey ratepayers,” according to the board’s ruling today. The board declined additional comment, citing Fishermen’s pending appeal before the New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division.

The project was one of three awarded $47 million by the U.S. Energy Department in May under a program designed to spur innovation in offshore-wind technologies. That funding wasn’t enough to sway the board, which stood by its March rejection.

Fishermen’s proposed installing five 5-megawatt turbines about 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) off the coast of Atlantic City in what may have become the first such project in the U.S. Phone and e-mail messages for Rhonda Jackson, a company spokeswoman, weren’t immediately returned.

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