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Freeholders Support Lacey's Feasibility Study for New Power Plant

County board supports the 'concept' of the study but need more details before advocating for a new generation facility

The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders has passed a resolution in support of the feasibility study Lacey Township is pursuing to determine the possibility of a new generation facility being built upon Oyster Creek’s closure in 2019.

“The resolution was supporting Lacey Township’s feasibility study,” county Administrator Carl Block said. “Certainly it seems as a lay person, that is a possibility to have a power plant there if it’s properly constructed and fits the site, et cetera.”

Lacey Township to perform a feasibility study for $22,500. The study will provide an assessment of existing conditions, development constraints and permitting requirements at 798 South Main St., which is currently owned by JCP&L.

Earlier this month, the township committee seeking the support from the freeholders to petition the Board of Public Utilities and the State’s Energy Master Plan Committee for a new power generation facility in Lacey.

The freeholders’ resolution, passed Wednesday, simply states that they support the “concept” of a feasibility study.

“They will most likely look for details and specifics before they go out and say they support that proposal (of a new plant),” Block said.

The feasibility study will allow the governing body to “ascertain if it’s appropriate use or location,” he said.

The study will answer any questions before the freeholders or Lacey Township decides to take the next step, he said.

Depending on the outcome of the study, Lacey will act first, Block said. “We’ll wait to hear from Lacey."

"What we're trying to do is get as much support as possible," Mayor Mark Dykoff said. "It's a feasibility study so nobody really knows ideally what's going to come from it.

"I'm just happy for any support that we get," he added. "Everyone wants to see Lacey Township and the county prosper. I'm confident once we get rolling, we'll get all the support we need."

Committeeman Dave Most, who has been the point man on securing a new plant for Lacey, said the township has always worked well with the Freeholders.

"We appreciate their support and have always respected their leadership in the past," he said.

The study will look at all different energy sources, he said. A new plant would need the support of all different agencies—local, county, state.

"I think the Freeholders understand the gap (base load and economic) that's going to happen," he said. "We have the infrastructure here in Lacey Township and we have to support it."

Freeholders John Kelly and Gerry Little did not return calls for comment.

The Freeholders' resolution is attached to this story as a PDF.

Silver dollar May 18, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Don't be surprised if in 5 years Ocean county claims they were the ones who came up with a feasibility study in 2012
Can't shut me up May 19, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Thanks to the tree huggers, bye bye to alot of jobs. Nobody is going to use that property again unless it's totally cleaned and that will never happen.
Laceygoingdownhill May 19, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Isn't Birdsall Eng. under some type of criminal investigation? Nothing like a town that keeps looking to contaminate itself for money.
Winston Smith May 19, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Smartzonemary?????? Dont get what your trying to say?
smartzonemary May 21, 2012 at 09:40 PM
On second thought, if donations were sought then maybe that money could be used to clean up the site. What a brilliant idea. The property could be used to have outdoor concerts or a place for the homeless veterans to meet.
Can't shut me up May 21, 2012 at 09:51 PM
MY ACCOUNT HAS BEEN HACKED.....
Can't shut me up May 21, 2012 at 10:04 PM
smartzonemary has been hacked AGAIN. I have advised the staff at Patch to get this corrected again. They deleted this imposter once.

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