The Business Network for Offshore Wind, a U.S. offshore wind supply-chain company, says it has opened its Woodbridge, N.J., office.
“By expanding to New Jersey, which has the potential to provide more than 4 GW of offshore wind power, the network can continue building a U.S. offshore wind supply chain, generate additional job opportunities for members and strengthen the emerging U.S. offshore wind industry,” says Liz Burdock, executive director.
Doug O’Malley, from Environment New Jersey, comments, “New Jersey has a world-class wind resource far off the shore that can deliver clean, reliable power right where we need it and the most potential for Atlantic states with current BOEM offshore wind leases.”
Four months after the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced New Jersey’s 344,000 acres of two Wind Energy Areas, two companies – RES Americas Inc. and U.S. Wind Inc. – bid nearly $2 million in November 2015 for the offshore leases. Now, after a transfer of the lease this spring, DONG Energy announced plans to construct Ocean Wind, a 1,000 MW wind farm 10 miles off Atlantic City.
Additionally, Fishermen’s Energy, again, won a competitive U.S. Department of Energy grant as it moves closer to construction of six turbines off Atlantic City as a ready-made demonstration project.
Matthew Greller, who was involved in passing the New Jersey Offshore Wind Economic Development Act in 2010, will be the New Jersey director of the business network for offshore wind.