SENATE, No. 988

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

217th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED FEBRUARY 4, 2016

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  BOB SMITH

District 17 (Middlesex and Somerset)

Senator  JIM WHELAN

District 2 (Atlantic)

Assemblyman  VINCENT MAZZEO

District 2 (Atlantic)

Assemblyman  WAYNE P. DEANGELO

District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)

Assemblyman  TIM EUSTACE

District 38 (Bergen and Passaic)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Senator Gordon

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Permits BPU to approve qualified wind energy projects; requires BPU to provide application periods for those projects.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning offshore wind energy projects and amending P.L.2010, c.57.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

      1.   Section 4 of P.L.2010, c.57 (C.48:3-87.2) is amended to read as follows:

      4.   a.  The board may approve, subject to the project obtaining the necessary permits, approvals, and authorizations from the Department of Environmental Protection, a qualified wind energy project located in territorial waters offshore of a municipality in which casino gaming is authorized, and authorize offshore wind renewable energy certificates for that project.  [Any such] The project shall be at least a nominal 20 megawatts and no more than 25 megawatts in nameplate capacity and comply with the requirements set forth in section 3 of P.L.2010, c.57 (C.48:3-87.1)

      b. Within 60 days following the date of enactment of P.L.    c.   (C.        ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill), the board shall provide a 30-day period for the submission of applications under this section.  Following the conclusion of the 30-day application period, the board shall from time to time provide a period for the submission of applications under this subsection that may differ in length from the 30-day application period provided in this subsection. 

(cf:  P.L.2010, c.57, s.4)

 

     2.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill permits the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (board) to approve a qualified wind energy project that is located in territorial waters offshore of a municipality in which casino gaming is authorized as provided in section 4 of P.L.2010, c.57 (C.48:3-87.2).  The bill requires the board to provide a 30-day period for the submission of applications and, from time to time, provide a submission period that may differ from the 30-day application period.