One of New Jersey’s last coal-burning power plants is set to cease operations Wednesday, according to Upper Township Mayor Rich Palombo. Its demise puts in doubt a controversial natural gas pipeline project, but it creates an opening for the state’s nascent offshore wind industry.

The closure of the B.L. England plant in the Cape May County municipality comes a few months after plans were scuttled to convert it to natural gas, which would have been delivered via a 22-mile pipeline from Maurice River Township in Cumberland County.

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