Section: Offenses, liabilities, penalties and forfeitures committed or incurred under repealed acts not affected by such repeal
a. The Division of Energy Planning and Conservation is empowered and directed to intervene in any proceedings before, and appeals from, any State department, division, commission, authority, council, agency or board (hereinafter referred to as "State instrumentalities" ) including the Board of Public Utilities charged with the regulation, supervision or control of any business, industry or utility engaged in the production, processing, distribution, transmission or storage of energy in any form, when, in the discretion of the commissioner, such intervention is necessary to insure the proper consideration by such State instrumentalities of the State energy master plan, or any part or aspect thereof, adopted by the department pursuant to section 12 of this act, or any rule or regulation promulgated by the department pursuant to the provisions of this act. To facilitate the intervention provisions of this section, each such State instrumentality shall consider the department a party of interest in any proceedings before such instrumentality with respect to energy and shall give the same notice to the department as is given to every other party of interest in such proceedings of any meeting, public hearing or other proceeding of such instrumentality in implementing its regulatory, supervisory or control powers, responsibilities and duties with respect to such businesses, industries or utilities.
b. It being the intention of the Legislature that the actions, decisions, determinations and rulings of the State Government with respect to energy shall to the maximum extent practicable and feasible conform with the energy master plan adopted by the department pursuant to section 12 of this act, the department shall prepare, periodically revise and distribute to each State instrumentality charged with the regulation, supervision or control of any business, industry or utility engaged in the production, processing, distribution, transmission or storage of energy in any form, such guidelines as the department determines to be relevant to assist each such instrumentality in conforming with said energy master plan in implementing its regulatory, supervisory or control powers, responsibilities and duties with respect to such businesses, industries or utilities.
c. With respect to the siting of any energy facility in any part of New Jersey, the department shall, the provisions of any law to the contrary notwithstanding, have jurisdiction coextensive with that of any other State instrumentality, and to that end, no State instrumentality with the power to grant or deny any permit for the construction or location of any energy facility shall exercise its powers without referring to the Division of Energy Planning and Conservation, for its review and comments, a copy of such application and all papers, documents and materials appurtenant thereto filed by the applicant with such State instrumentality. Prior to making a final decision with respect to any such application, the State instrumentality with power of approval over such application shall solicit the views of the department thereupon. Such views shall be communicated to the State instrumentality with the power of approval over such application in the form of a report describing the findings of the department with respect to such application. Such report shall be prepared by the Director of the Division of Energy Planning and Conservation and shall be signed by said director and by the commissioner. In the event that such report is not prepared and transmitted to the State instrumentality with power of approval over such application within 90 days after the department's receipt of such application, such State instrumentality shall act upon such application pursuant to the law providing its power of approval thereof. In the event that the views of the department, as contained in its report, with respect to any such application differ from the views of the State instrumentality with the power of approval over such application, there shall be established an Energy Facility Review Board which shall consist of the Director of the Division of Energy Planning and Conservation, the director or chief executive officer of the State instrumentality with the power of approval over such application, and a designee of the Governor. The decision of the Energy Facility Review Board created with respect to a specific energy facility application shall be binding with respect to such facility and shall be implemented forthwith by the State instrumentality with the power of approval over such application.
In implementing its responsibilities pursuant to this subsection, the department shall have the power to adopt, by regulation, a fee schedule for reviewing applications for the construction or location of energy facilities; provided, however, that fees shall be charged to applicants for permits to construct or locate energy facilities only in those instances where the nature and extent of the proposed energy facility are such as to necessitate the employment of consultants or other expert personnel from without the department before the department can make its determination with respect to any such application, and that such fees shall in any event be the minimum amount necessary to permit the department to fulfill its responsibilities under this section.
The provisions of this section shall not be regarded as to be in derogation of any powers now existing and shall be regarded as supplemental and in addition to powers conferred by other laws, including municipal zoning authority.
L.1977, c. 146, s. 13, eff. July 11, 1977.
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