A Senate Resolution urging the Board of Public Utilities to expeditiously adopt regulations pursuant to the “Offshore Wind Economic Development Act” to implement an offshore wind renewable energy certificate program and pursuant to the “Electric Discount and Energy Competition Act” to establish energy efficiency portfolio standards. http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/SR/112_I1.HTM
Government Policy & Regulation
This bill would require the Board of Public Utilities 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 would also remove the requirements that (1) the entity seeking to construct the project prepare and submit a cost-benefit analysis to the board, and (2) the board's approval of the project depend in part upon the results of a cost-benefit analysis.
Rep. Patricia Haddad introduced legislation calling for utilities to solicit offshore wind energy from developers and requiring them to enter into commercially-reasonable, long-term contracts. This document, House Bill 3217, is available here.
Long Island Power Authority board resolution regarding the 2014 RFP for up to 280 MW of New, On-Island, Renewable Capacity and Energy. LIPA chose 11 solar projects for the RFP; these projects are eligible for 20-year PPAs. Read the complete utility resolution online here.
The March 2014 District Court ruling for Cape Wind, included claims that the project would be in violation of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act. This piece briefly explains the plaintiffs claim, as well as the legal reasoning provided by the court in finding for the defendant on each of these claims.
Jon Mitchell, Mayor of New Bedford, MA, provides remarks on Massachusetts House Number 3968, a bill requiring energy distribution companies to buy no less than 18,900,000 MWH from clean energy generators. Mitchell argues that the bill should have a carveout for offshore wind generators.
The Patrick-Murray Administration announced EPA approval of the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal. This approval allows the project to accept bids from prospective developers. The project is a $100 million facility designed for marine traffic related to offshore wind turbine installation.
The New England Clean Energy Council released this report identifying the barriers to offshore wind development in New England and provided policy recommendations for overcoming those barriers. The report concludes that a regionally coordinated procurement mechanism is essential to taking advantage of the wind resources available.
Cape Wind gives a brief overview of the litigation that the project has been involved in since 2003. Of the 32 cases filed against Cape Wind, 26 ruled in favor of Cape Wind, 5 were withdrawn, and the one ruling against was temporary.
During a hearing on House of Representatives hearing on Cape Wind, Audra Parker, representing the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, provides this testimony arguing against the Cape Wind project. She argues that there will be adverse economic impacts, public safety risks, impacts on tribal lands, and adverse environmental effects.