Wind and solar power

Bills to expand wind energy zones in New Jersey and to encourage more use of solar energy, and to change how it is subsidized, are up for consideration by the state Legislature Jan. 4, 2018. This file photo shows wind turbines and solar panels at the ACUA Wastewater Treatment Facility in Atlantic City in 2015.

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Bills to expand New Jersey’s wind energy zone and to change how the state encourages the use of solar energy will be considered this week in the state Legislature.

A1899 would allow the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to provide tax credits for wind energy facilities in the “Portfields Initiative” in Middlesex County. It will be up for a full Assembly vote Thursday.

The Portfields Initiative is a project of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and the NJEDA to encourage the use of underused and brownfield sites in the port district within a 25-mile radius of the Statue of Liberty.

Another bill, S2276, would require 5.3 percent of electricity provided by suppliers come from solar by 2022, up from the current requirement of 4.1 percent.

It would also establish a Solar Energy Study Commission and phase out the use of Solar Renewable Energy Certificates, or SRECs, as a means of subsidizing solar in the state.

It does not specify what would replace SRECs. It passed in the Assembly and would be considered by the full Senate on Thursday.

Hearing in Galloway on fishery plan addendum: The New Jersey Marine Fisheries Administration has scheduled a public hearing for a draft addendum to the ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan.

The hearing is set for 7:15 p.m. Thursday at the Galloway Township branch of the Atlantic County Library, 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Road.

The addendum will establish recreational black sea bass management measures for the 2018 fishing season and is available online at www.asmfc.org/uploads/file/5a3d9894BSBDraftAddendumXXX_PublicComment.pdf.

For more information, call the New Jersey Bureau of Marine Fisheries at 609-748-2020.

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In my first job after college got paid to read the New York Times and summarize articles for an early online data base. First reporting job was with The Daily Record in Parsippany. I have also worked in nonprofits, and have been with The Press since 1990.

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