Current DEP restrictions prohibit wind turbines within 500 feet of a mean high water line, but a bill the Senate approved today would roll back that rule for Atlantic City.
The bill, which the Senate passed 39-0, would allow turbines to be built on a city pier in the 12 months after the law was enacted.
“If we expect to maintain our place as a leader in renewable energy, this project will be key to helping New Jersey explore new locations for wind-powered sources” said Sen. Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic), the bill’s sponsor.
“The Steel Pier in Atlantic City is an ideal test site for what will hopefully be other future projects of this kind along New Jersey’s coast.”
The bill must be approved by the Assembly and signed by the governor before it becomes law.