The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has issued a draft solicitation guidance document for its second offshore wind solicitation and scheduled a virtual public meeting to accept public input on it
The document includes information on the timeline and mechanisms of the second solicitation, the application requirements and the criteria for evaluating applications.
While the first offshore wind solicitation was for 1.1 GW of offshore wind, the second will move the state closer to meeting Governor Phil Murphy’s goal of 7.5 GW of offshore wind by 2035 by considering a larger range, of 1.2 to 2.4 GW.
NJBPU president Joseph Fiordaliso said, “Using lessons learned from our first successful solicitation of 1.1 GW, we are very excited to move forward with our second offshore wind solicitation which could bring the state up to a total of 3.5 GW of offshore wind energy.
“Offshore wind is the linchpin of our clean energy programme and will help us reach Governor Murphy’s goal of 100% clean energy by 2050, build an innovation economy, and combat the impacts of climate changes.”
The virtual public meeting will take place on 5 August 2020 and will consist of a brief presentation by NJBPU staff recapping New Jersey’s offshore wind goals and activity to date, as well as background on the requirements of the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act and Governor Murphy’s Executive Orders. A presentation summarising the content of the draft second solicitation guidance document and public comment will follow.
The current timeline in the draft second solicitation guidance document anticipates the NJBPU will consider the second solicitation at a September 2020 meeting. Applications would then be accepted in December 2020 with a final decision by the Board in June 2021.
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