A New Jersey utilities board has approved two large offshore wind projects that combined will add over 2.6GW of offshore wind capacity to the state, marking the nation’s largest combined award to date.
The two projects bring the New Jersey’s total planned capacity to over 3,700 MW.
In a unanimous vote, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) awarded 1,510 MW of capacity to EDF/Shell’s Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind and 1,148MW to Ørsted’s Ocean Wind II.
“Expanding New Jersey’s offshore wind industry is a major component of achieving our goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050, while providing significant opportunities and economic benefits for our state,” said Governor Phil Murphy.
“Today’s award, which is the nation’s largest combined award to date, further solidifies New Jersey as an offshore wind supply chain hub and leader in the offshore wind industry in the United States,” he added.
Combined, the two projects are estimated to create 7,000 full and or part time jobs across the development, construction and operational phases. They are also expected generate $3.5 billion in economic benefits and power 1.15 million homes with clean energy.
Each project includes a commitment to build a wind turbine assembly facility at the “New Jersey Wind Port” at the Port of Paulsboro. For the facilities, Atlantic Shores plans to partner with MHI Vestas , while Ocean Wind will collaborate with GE.
As required by the solicitation, the project developers will also contribute $10,000 per MW to fund research initiatives and wildlife and fishery monitoring in the region, totaling $26 million, that will be administered by NJBPU and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
A green hydrogen pilot facility from Atlantic Shores and a truck electrification pilot project at Port Newark from Ocean Wind are also planned.
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