Town Hall Meeting on Ørsted’s Ocean Wind Project Set for Feb. 8

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ATLANTIC CITY – Orsted announced Dec. 10 that it has submitted a bid to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to develop its Ocean Wind 2 project.

According to a release, the bid is in response to the second request for proposals under Gov. Phil Murphy’s Offshore Wind Strategic Plan. This solicitation will award up to 2,400 MW. Murphy’s plan calls for 7,500 MW of offshore wind by 2035.

Orsted is the global leader in offshore wind and is currently developing Ocean Wind, a 1,100 MW project, which will be New Jersey’s first offshore wind far. The company won New Jersey’s first offshore wind solicitation, in June 2019. Ocean Wind will be located 15 miles off the cost of southern New Jersey and will generate enough clean energy to power 500,000 New Jersey homes.

The company operates 26 offshore wind farms globally, including the U.S.’s first offshore wind farm, the Block Island Wind Farm. Ocean Wind 2 will help the state reach its ambitious new goal, which was announced by Murphy in November 2019.

“Orsted is the world leader in offshore wind and is already partner with the State of New Jersey to meets renewable energy goals,” stated David Hardy, CEO of Orsted Offshore North America. “As New Jersey looks to rebuild its economy in the wake of COVID-19 and positions itself as a leader in the new American offshore wind industry, Orsted is uniquely positioned to help the state achieve its goals.”

The Ocean Wind 2 project includes:

Significant investments into New Jersey’s offshore wind manufacturing capabilities. These investments will help unlock the state’s potential in serving as a manufacturing hub for the American offshore wind industry.

Comprehensive proposals for the New Jersey Wind Port, including helping to attract suppliers to make use of the facility for Ocean Wind 2 and beyond. 

Innovative research, grants and workforce training programs that will incorporate environmental justice initiatives to assist the state’s overburdened communities.

Continued engagement with local unions and support for efforts to create a well-trained offshore wind workforce.

Expanded operations and maintenance footprint with more long-term, good-paying jobs for communities within New Jersey.

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