Any major construction project like the Woodbridge Energy Center goes through a number of development and review steps at the local, state and federal levels to ensure that the project meets all applicable requirements and that the public has ample opportunity for comments and questions. The permitting process is extensive and normally requires approximately twenty-four months to complete.
Beginning in 2010, CPV began applying for the numerous permits needed to build the project. Over a two-year review, CPV worked with town, county, state and federal agencies to ensure the project met every regulation and legal requirement.
We know that building a partnership with the host community is an important part of long-term project success. At the local level, CPV worked extensively with the town on issues regarding the design and actual physical construction of the project in tandem with township land use and zoning regulations. As part of this process, CPV hosted informational open houses and other forums where the community could learn more about the project and provide input.
On the state level, several reviews were required as part of the permitting process. The NJDEP has jurisdiction over areas such as wetlands protection, water quality, air quality permits, and land development. After an extensive review, the NJDEP issued all of the necessary permits.
At the federal level, approvals were received from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Interior’s U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.