Governor Corzine Signs Bill Creating Solar and Wind Energy Commission

Among the several pieces of “green” legislation, that Governor Jon Corzine signed just prior to leaving office was a bill (A3218) that creates a new, temporary 11-member public body to be known as the Solar and Wind Energy Commission. This new law – approved as P.L. 2009, c. 239 – authorizes the Commission “to conduct a thorough and comprehensive study to examine State owned property and determine where solar and wind energy installations would be feasible[,]” which shall include a discussion of the financial implications of such installations, projected energy and financial savings, potential use of net metering and a host of other topics. Although there is no limit to the number of documents that the Commission may produce under the statute relating to this study, it must submit to the Governor and the Legislature and make available to the public a final report containing its findings, conclusions and recommendations within one year after its organization. Thirty days thereafter, the Commission shall expire. It will be interesting to see what this year-long effort will generate.