The state is set to hear plans for a wind energy project off the coast from Atlantic City.
Gov. Phil Murphy signed a measure Wednesday to require plans to be reconsidered by the state Board of Public Utilities. Under Assembly Bill 2485, the BPU will be required to hear proposals for the Fishermen’s Energy Offshore Wind Project, which is slated to produce 24 megawatts of electricity.
The law mandates the BPU accepts the Fisherman’s amended application and review it within 90 days, according to a news release from state Assembly Democrats. The BPU voted down the proposal twice, arguing that it would be too expensive to ratepayers.
Assemblyman Vincent Mazzeo, D-2nd District, who sponsored A2485, said the twofold rejections were part of “former Gov. [Chris] Christie’s complete backtrack on wind energy.”
If approved, the offshore wind project could be a step towards Murphy’s goal of 3,500 MW of offshore wind by 2030, part of a renewable energy bill which Murphy signed into law in mid-May.
“In order to get to the Governor's 3500MW goal for wind energy, we should be greenlighting projects like Fisherman's Energy," said Assemblyman John Armato, D-2nd District, another sponsor of A2485.
“We should be looking at projects big and small to green our environment and our economy,” Armato added.