New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Jan. 19 signed a number of bills and vetoed several bills out of the 216th Legislative Session, including a veto of a bill that would have revived a controversial offshore wind project.
The veto was of S-2711/A-4128, which would have permitted the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to open a new window for applications for small offshore wind projects off the coast of Atlantic City. The bill would have allowed Fishermen’s Energy to go forward with its 25-MW offshore wind project, which was earlier rejected by the BPU.
After the BPU had rejected the proposed project, Fishermen’s Energy modified its project proposal. It will use Siemens 4-MW turbines.
Paul Gallagher, COO of Fishermen’s Energy, said: “This legislation was an expression of frustration by the Legislature. Even without this legislation being enacted, the BPU remains authorized by its own rules to open a window, accept a new application, and otherwise implement OWEDA [Offshore Wind Economic Development Act].”