TRENTON – The sponsor of the bill to allow wind turbines on farmland said today that the governor’s conditional veto has essentially gutted the bill.
Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula said that among other things, in Gov. Christie’s conditional veto, he took preserved farmland out altogether as a site for wind energy turbines.
And regarding non-preserved farmland, according to Chivukula, the governor wants local control and local conditions to be part of the process of siting a wind facility.
In addition, he changed the proposed regulation from one wind turbine per 33 acres to one per 75 acres, Chivukula said.
Under those restrictions, Chivukula said, it would be very difficult if not impossible to get wind turbines placed on farmland.
Reworked wind turbine bill draws CV