Christie vetoes bill supporting windmills off Atlantic City

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Wednesday, May 4, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill supporting a proposed windmill farm off the coast of Atlantic City.

Christie on Monday rejected the bill that would permit, but not require, the state Board of Public Utilities to approve the wind farm off the coast, to be built by Fishermen’s Energy.

He says the legislation would “usurp” the board’s authority by compelling it to receive applications.

An environmental group that strongly supports the plan says New Jersey has the greatest potential to develop offshore wind energy of any northeastern U.S. state.

Concerns that large subsidies might be needed have led the BPU to reject the proposal three times.