New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill that called for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to reconsider applications for smaller offshore wind projects, including the proposed 25 MW, $200 million Fishermen's Energy project.
The Department of Energy's final Environmental Assessment found that the construction and operation of wind turbine generators off the coast of Atlantic City, N.J. would not be a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment as defined by the National Environmental Policy Act. A pdf of the EA can be found here (49.9 MB).
The Department of Energy issued a Finding of No Significant Impact and the final Environmental Assessment of Fishermen's Atlantic City Windfarm project. The full article is here.
The Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act of 2015 would direct the U.S. Department of the Treasury to issue small-denomination treasury bonds to raise revenue for the extension of certain energy-related tax credits and incentives that encourage renewable energy growth. HR Bill 4162 can be found here.
The New Jersey Assembly approves an amendment to offshore wind legislation to require NJ BPU to solicit new proposals from Fishermen's Energy. http://www.nawindpower.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.14809
The White House hosted a Summit on Offshore Wind, a gathering of leading federal, state and industry stakeholders committed to the long-term and sustainable development of offshore wind in the United States. At the Summit, the White House announced the following actions in support of the development of offshore wind:
- Establishing a White House Interagency Working Group on Offshore Wind
- Fascilitating state cooperation in the Northeast
- Establishing an international offshore wind regulators forum
- BOEM lease auctions in North Carolina and New Jersey
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) held the nation’s fifth competitive lease sale for renewable energy in federal waters, which offered nearly 344,000 acres offshore New Jersey for potential wind energy development.The provisional winners of the lease sale are RES America Developments Inc., which bid $880,715 for lease area OCS-A 0498 (160,480 acres), and US Wind Inc., which bid $1,006,240 for OCS-A 0499 (183,353 acres). Fishermen’s Energy LLC also participated in the lease sale. https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/interior-department-auctions-344000-acres-offshore-new-jersey-wind-energy-development
The New Jersey Supreme Court has decided not to hear Fishermen Energy's appeal challenging the BPU's rejection of its $200 million demonstration-scale offshore wind project. http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/15/10/14/its-day-in-court-over-fishermen-s-energy-revamps-offshore-wind-proposal/
Fishermen's Energy petition to the NJ Supreme Court over Appellate Court's ruling upholding BPU's rejection of Fishermen's $200 million demonstration-scale offshore wind project due to ratepayer costs.