Bill removing local control of NJ wind power lines approved

Local communities would be stripped of most control over where and how power lines from offshore wind energy projects come ashore, under a bill that received final approval Thursday in the state Legislature.

News 12 Staff

Jun 25, 2021, 9:37 AM

Updated 1,034 days ago

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Local communities would be stripped of most control over where and how power lines from offshore wind energy projects come ashore, under a bill that received final approval Thursday in the state Legislature.
The bill would give wind energy projects approved by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities authority to locate, build, use and maintain wires and associated land-based infrastructure as long as they run underground on public property including streets.
After officials in some shore towns objected to the bill last week, a provision was added that would require a public hearing on a proposed project. It now goes to Gov. Phil Murphy's desk.
AP wire services helped contribute to this report.


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