New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has announced details of the schedule for offshore wind solicitations in the state that will enable it to meet a goal of 7.5 GW by 2035
The solicitations will deliver the renewable energy generation needed to meet the state’s goals of 50% renewable energy by 2030 and a 100% clean energy economy by 2050.
Governor Murphy said, “Several months ago, I committed the State of New Jersey to 7.5 GW of offshore wind. By announcing this schedule, we are demonstrating to our partners in industry and labour that we are committed to implementing this process in a thoughtful way that ensures economic growth for the New Jersey.”
The proposed schedule calls for the next 1.2-GW solicitation to be opened by September 2020, with an award made by Q2 2021.
The schedule calls for further solicitations of 1.2 GW in Q3 2022, 1.2 GW in Q2 2024, 1.4 GW in Q2 2026, and 1.4 GW in Q1 2028.
In January 2018, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No 8, which directed New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to fully implement the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act and begin the process of moving the state toward a goal of 3.5 GW of offshore wind by 2030.
In response, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities issued a solicitation for 1.1 GW of offshore wind and awarded Ørsted with the largest single state contract in June 2019. Ørsted expects this first project to be operational by 2024.