DEP Suspends Review of Meadowlands Power Plant’s Application

Developer of North Bergen Liberty Generating station goes back to drawing board, considers changing the plant’s technology

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Meadowlands power plant site
Plans for a controversial, natural gas-fired power plant in the Meadowlands have stalled.

The state Department of Environmental Protection has suspended its review of the North Bergen Liberty Generating station after the developer pulled its application.

Diamond Generating, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi, told the DEP it is considering changes to the plant’s technology and will apply for a new air permit, which regulates the amount of greenhouse gas the facility can release.

The $1.5 billion power plant would generate 1,200 megawatts of electricity, none of which is slated for New Jersey customers. Instead, it would travel via cable under the Hudson River to a Con Edison substation in New York City.

The plant’s developer says it would be far more energy-efficient than fossil-fuel plants currently in operation in the region. But critics say the gas-fired plant stands in direct opposition to Gov. Phil Murphy’s goal for the state of 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 and they say it could put nearby protected wetlands at risk.

Murphy has not yet taken a public stance on the power plant.