Ørsted, with the Support of PSEG, Submits Bid to Build First NJ Offshore Wind Farm

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The following is a release from the Governor's Office:

TRENTON - The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) June 21 unanimously granted the state’s first award for offshore wind to Ørsted’s Ocean Wind 1,100 megawatt (MW) project, giving the company the opportunity to build 1,100 MW of offshore wind in federal waters.

According to a release, the 1,100 MW of offshore wind is expected to power roughly 500,000 New Jersey homes and generate $1.17 billion in economic benefits, in addition to creating an estimated 15,000 jobs over the project life. 

Today’s (June 21) decision sets the record for the single largest award for offshore wind in the country to date and marks further progress toward meeting the state’s goal of 3,500 MW of offshore wind by 2030, and Gov. Phil Murphy’s vision of 100% clean energy for the state by 2050.

“Today’s historic announcement will revolutionize the offshore wind industry here in New Jersey and along the entire East Coast,” stated Murphy. “Building our offshore wind industry will create thousands of jobs, invite new investments into our state, and put us on a path to reaching our goal of 3,500 MW of offshore wind by 2030. This award is a monumental step in making New Jersey a global leader in offshore wind development and deployment.”  

“Thanks to Gov. Murphy’s leadership and his trust in the NJBPU to deliver upon the important promise of offshore wind, today we have taken another important step forward into our 100% clean energy future,” stated NJBPU President Joseph L. Fiordaliso. “With today’s (June 21) award of 1,100 MW of offshore wind, a safer, healthier future for New Jersey is looking brighter and closer than ever.”

“Today’s action by the NJBPU represents a major milestone toward our goal of becoming the capital of the American wind industry,” stated NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “Clean energy plays a significant role in Gov. Murphy’s vision for a stronger and fairer economy, and we are thrilled to be partnering with the BPU and selected developers to advance this high-growth sector that will create thousands of good-paying jobs and supply chain opportunities.” 

Sullivan added that the newly-created New Jersey Offshore Wind Supply Chain Registry will be a powerful tool for ensuring that New Jersey-based companies can take advantage of the opportunities created by these new offshore wind projects.

“To help lessen the impacts of climate change and rising sea levels, it is critical that New Jersey develop clean energy sources that reduce the level of carbon in our atmosphere,” stated Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe. “I am proud to lead the DEP in its partnership with the BPU to aggressively pursue Gov. Murphy’s vision of expanding New Jersey’s offshore wind capacity, while ensuring that we continue to protect our coastal ecosystems and abundant fisheries. Today’s announcement brings us one step closer to our clean energy future, will create new opportunities for economic growth, and furthers our mission of protecting New Jersey’s environment.”

The offshore wind application window opened Sept. 20, 2018, and closed Dec. 28, 2018. The Board received applications from three offshore wind developers: Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, a partnership between EDF Renewables and Shell New Energies; Boardwalk Wind, sponsored by Equinor; and Ocean Wind, which is backed by a memorandum of understanding between Ørsted and Publis Service Enterprise Group PSEG Renewable Generation. 

Evaluation criteria included offshore wind renewable energy certificates (OREC) purchase price, economic impact, ratepayer impact, environmental impact, the strength of guarantees for economic impact, and the likelihood of successful commercial operation.

  • Ørsted’s Ocean Wind project offered a first year OREC price of $98.10 per MWh. The levelized net OREC Cost– which represents the actual OREC costs paid by ratepayers after energy and capacity revenues are refunded to ratepayers – is estimated at $46.46/MWh, with an estimated ratepayer impact of a monthly bill increase of $1.46 for residential, $13.05 for commercial, and $110.10 for industrial customers. 

The Board determined which project was most beneficial to the State of New Jersey. In selecting Ørsted’s Ocean Wind 1100 MW project, they concluded that:

  • Ørsted’s Ocean Wind economic development plans were the most detailed and offered the most benefit to New Jersey. Its 1,100 MW facility is estimated to result in net economic benefits of $1.17 billion to the state. Ocean Wind also provided the strongest economic guarantees to ensure local content, including manufacturing.
  • While all of the proposed projects would help New Jersey reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Ocean Wind’s environmental protection plan, including mitigation of environmental impacts, was most complete and most advanced; the developer’s experience in this arena further distinguished its application.
  • Ørsted provides the best chance of successful development due to its depth of knowledge, as well as global and regional experience and advanced stage of planning.

Based on the analysis that Ørsted’s project offered the strongest contribution to New Jersey’s economy, combated climate change, provided added reliability to the transmission network, and did so at the lowest reasonable cost and risk, the Board approved Ørsted’s application.  

The Board acted on the applications prior to July 1 in order to provide sufficient time for the winning bidder to qualify for federal investment tax credits that expire at the end of this year. It is estimated that these credits could save New Jersey ratepayers approximately 12% of the total project cost.

About Offshore Wind 

Gov. Murphy was the first governor to campaign on a policy of 100% clean energy. Only 11 days after taking office, he signed Executive Order No. 8 directing NJBPU and other state agencies to:

  • Implement the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act (OWEDA) to develop 3,500 MW of wind energy off the coast of the state by 2030;
  • Develop an Offshore Wind Energy Certificate (OREC) pricing plan, and;
  • Issue an 1,100 MW solicitation of offshore wind.

In the first significant step toward meeting the state’s goal of 3,500 MW of offshore wind by 2030 and achieving Gov. Murphy’s goal of 100% clean energy by 2050, the Board opened the 1,100 MW solicitation, the nation’s largest single-state solicitation of offshore wind. 

The Board adopted a rule last fall that enacted an OREC Funding Mechanism, which established how an offshore wind project is funded and how revenues earned from the project would flow back to ratepayers.

The NJBPU and other state agencies were also tasked with developing an Offshore Wind Strategic Plan, which included achieving scale to reduce costs, job growth, supply chain businesses, workforce development, data collection, and appropriate siting of facilities.

Later in 2018, the governor asked NJBPU to open two additional 1,200 MW solicitations – one in 2020 and another in 2022. 

In developing both the initial 1,100 MW solicitation and the Offshore Wind Strategic Plan, NJBPU conducted a robust public engagement process featuring several hearings during which members of the public and key stakeholders provided input.

In May 2019, the Economic Development Authority launched the New Jersey Offshore Wind Supply Chain Registry, where companies can register to express interest in becoming part of the wind industry in New Jersey.  

Ørsted, PSEG Release

Today (June 21), the NJBPU announced it has selected Ocean Wind, an offshore wind energy project proposed by Ørsted with support from PSEG, to develop an 1,100 MW offshore wind farm, that will power more than half a million New Jersey homes.

Ocean Wind will be located 15 miles off the coast of Atlantic City. Construction is expected to commence in the early 2020s, with the wind farm operational in 2024.  

Ørsted will work with PSEG's non-utility affiliates, which will provide energy management services and potential lease of land for use in the project development and execution phase. PSEG, which serves 2.2 million electric customers in New Jersey and has a long development partnership with Ørsted, has an option to become an equity investor in the Ocean Wind project. 

Ocean Wind will contribute significantly to Gov. Murphy’s ambitious renewable energy goal of supplying more than 1.5 million New Jersey homes with offshore wind power by 2030. At 1,100 MW, Ocean Wind is expected to create over 3,000 direct jobs annually through development and three-year construction cycle.  

“Today’s announcement firmly establishes a fast-growing global industry in New Jersey, which will create jobs and supply chain in the state,” stated Thomas Brostrøm, chief executive officer of Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind and president of Ørsted North America. “Ocean Wind will ensure that the state and its residents not only benefit from clean, renewable power, but that they reap the rewards of being an early player in the offshore wind industry as it grows in the U.S.” 

In addition to powering homes and businesses across New Jersey, Ocean Wind will also bring significant investments to New Jersey. Ørsted will launch its Pro-NJ Trust fund in Cape May and Atlantic counties which will invest up to $15 million in grants to support local infrastructure investments and to support small, women, and minority-owned business owners who wish to become part of the emerging offshore wind industry. 

Ørsted is also proceeding with plans to establish an Operation and Maintenance (O&M) base in Atlantic City that will provide permanent, high-skilled jobs during the 25-plus lifespan of the project. 

As part of its community relations outreach efforts, Ocean Wind will work with JINGOLI through the company’s Competitive Edge and Live Classroom programs that will identify and train Atlantic City residents and students who are interested in working in wind farm construction or in one of the permanent positions that will become available when the project is completed.    

Ocean Wind presented a number of creative and significant initiatives within its bid document, that now awarded, will start in motion – beginning with the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed with the South Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council in December, calling for a Project Labor Agreement for offshore wind construction jobs that pay prevailing wage. 

New Jersey has tremendous assets in its academic institutions and Ørsted has already signed MOUs with Rutgers, Stockton, and Rowan Universities.  Working with each of these universities, Ocean Wind will continue to support academic research, engineering programs and initiatives to further advance undergraduate and graduate students’ knowledge of the offshore wind industry. 

“We are pleased that Ocean Wind has been selected by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to provide offshore wind power to the residents of New Jersey,” stated Ralph LaRossa, president and chief operating officer of PSEG Power. “We have pledged our commitment and support of Gov. Phil Murphy’s clean energy agenda and we know that offshore wind will play an important role in providing environmental and economic benefits to New Jersey.” 

About Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind

Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind delivers clean, renewable energy along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard. It operates the Block Island Wind Farm, America’s first offshore wind farm, and has a comprehensive geographic coverage with the largest pipeline of development capacity, totaling more than 8 gigawatts in seven states. It is jointly headquartered in Boston, Mass. and Providence, R.I. and employs more than 75 people.

About Public Service Enterprise Group

Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE: PEG) is a publicly traded diversified energy company with annual revenues of $9.1 billion and approximately 13,000 employees. Headquartered in Newark, PSEG's principal operating subsidiaries are: Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), PSEG Power and PSEG Long Island. PSEG is a Fortune 500 company included in the S&P 500 Index and has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for North America for 11 consecutive years. (pseg.com)

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