April 17 (Renewables Now) - The much-delayed offshore wind project by Fishermen’s Energy LLC near Atlantic City may switch to 6-MW turbines, instead of the 4-MW ones selected in 2015, chief operating officer Paul Gallagher tells Renewables Now.
Any decision to change the size and number of the turbines will depend on availability and efficiency and would take into consideration the location and the resource, Gallagher noted.
Last week it was announced that New Jersey legislators have okayed a bill that would give another chance for approval to the project. Bill S-1217 has passed both houses of the state Legislature and is awaiting governor Phil Murphy’s decision. If passed into law it will direct the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to accept applications for an offshore wind project of up to six turbines off Atlantic City and make a final determination within 90 days.
French group EDF Renewable Energy earlier this month reached a preliminary agreement to buy the 24-MW project by Fishermen’s Energy. The EDF Energies Nouvelles unit said at the time it expected to put the wind park on stream by 2020.