The state of New Jersey on the east coast of the US has developed an online portal that companies and investors can use to explore offshore wind-related projects in New Jersey and find companies there to partner with or purchase from.
Speaking at the IPF Supply Chain Conference on 9 April, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced the creation of a New Jersey Offshore Wind Supply Chain Registry, which will be developed as part of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s (NJEDA) membership of the Business Network for Offshore Wind.
“Developing a robust offshore wind industry is a key step to building a stronger, fairer New Jersey economy that provides good jobs and protects our environment for future generations,” said Governor Murphy. “The offshore wind supply chain registry will facilitate the delivery of our offshore wind projects and ensure New Jersey companies are first in line for opportunities they create.”
The NJEDA, through its Office of Economic Transformation, has been working closely with the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) and other agencies on the Offshore Wind Task Force to expand New Jersey’s offshore wind industry.
A consistent challenge throughout this process has been the lack of a comprehensive list of New Jersey-based companies that established offshore wind companies can partner with or purchase from as they plan projects in the state. The registry will address this problem by helping to attract more offshore wind companies to New Jersey and create new opportunities for Jersey-based companies by integrating them into the offshore wind supply chain.
“Offshore wind is on the verge of becoming one of the biggest industries in the world, and New Jersey will be at the forefront of that trend,” said New Jersey BPU president Joseph Fiordaliso. “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for New Jersey businesses and workers, and our leaders throughout the state are working together to make sure we take full advantage of the benefits this industry can bring to the Garden State.”
To expedite the development of the registry and ensure it is ready to support New Jersey’s current 1,100 MW offshore wind solicitation, the NJEDA is working with the Business Network for Offshore Wind to provide free access to the New Jersey portion of the network’s supply chain registry.
The network normally does not open its registry up to the public, but the partnership with the NJEDA will make the New Jersey-company portion of the registry publicly available for free through the NJEDA website. This will create a resource for offshore wind companies thinking of launching a supply chain project in New Jersey and will provide New Jersey-based companies with access to new partners in other states and in Europe.