On June 15, Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey (CCSNJ) Manager of Government Affairs, Hilary Chebra, testified in support of S-3926 (Sweeney/Smith), which would authorize certain offshore wind projects to construct power lines and obtain real property interests. The bill also grants the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) authority to supersede certain local governmental powers upon petition from offshore wind project.
The CCSNJ is proud to have many leaders in wind energy as active and engaged CCSNJ members. In her testimony, Ms. Chebra argued it is important to establish the offshore wind industry in the state swiftly, with minimal hurdles, especially given the economic benefits the industry looks to have on the South Jersey economy. For example, Ms. Chebra noted Ocean Wind, Ørsted’s 1,100 MW offshore wind project is projected to generate $1.17 billion in economic benefits for New Jersey and create thousands of jobs.
S-3926 (Sweeney/Smith) passed the Senate Environment and Energy Committee by a vote of 4-0 and now moves to the full Senate for action. Should you have any questions, please contact Hilary Chebra, Manager of Government Affairs at email@example.com.