Fishermen's Energy has received final state permits and has also completed a year of environmental monitoring for its proposed demonstration-scale, six-turbine offshore Atlantic City Windfarm.
The developer has received approval from the New Jersey State House Commission for a Green Acres permit and from the Tidelands Council for an electric line easement and turbine locations license.
These were the remaining state permits required for the project in order to begin construction, according to Fishermen's Energy. In addition, Geo-Marine Inc. (GMI) has completed 12 months of pre-construction avian, marine mammal and sea turtle surveys for the site.
‘The goal is to provide spatial and temporal data on avian, marine mammal and sea turtle species utilizing these offshore waters as the beginning of a multiyear study for evaluating the potential ecological impacts of the wind farm,’ says Christopher Clark, GMI's director of renewable energy services.
These studies fulfill needs identified in the project's New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) permit application, as well as NJDEP's species survey requirements outlined in the Technical Manual for Evaluating Wildlife Impacts of Wind Turbines Requiring Coastal Permits.
The project is expected to be completed in fall 2012.