The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJ BPU) has selected global engineering, design and consulting firm Ramboll to coordinate and facilitate the development of the state’s offshore wind strategic plan, as called for under Gov. Phil Murphy’s Executive Order No. 8, which sets a goal of 3.5 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030.
Ramboll, which is headquartered in Denmark, will lead a team that includes Stantec Consulting Services Inc., Rutgers Energy Institute Wind Group (REI-Wind LESS/CAIT), BVG Associates LLC, the Business Network for Offshore Wind, InGroup Inc. and Endeavor Fisheries.
Ramboll says the strong team of New Jersey practitioners and firms brings experience in all areas of the developing offshore wind market, both domestically and internationally. Their combined U.S. and global experience and expertise provides a deep understanding of the offshore wind market and the specific implications for New Jersey:
- Stantec brings experience in the offshore ecological conditions of continental shelf areas and how they interact with offshore wind infrastructure.
- REI-Wind LESS/CAIT integrates Rutgers University’s expertise in science, engineering, economics and policy.
- BVGA has been a driving force in offshore wind energy generation from its early days as a commercial activity, acting as strategic advisors to the industry.
- The Business Network for Offshore Wind has brought together domestic and international businesses and governments to educate and prepare the U.S. to enter the offshore wind industry and establish the supply-chain market.
- InGroup has a long track record of providing public outreach and agency coordination for projects requiring broad and diverse stakeholder involvement in New Jersey.
- Endeavor has led successful marine and fisheries research efforts and has provided a variety of services to the offshore wind industry.
“Together, this team is uniquely suited to help New Jersey develop a smart and effective OSW strategic plan that meets the needs and addresses the concerns of all constituents, while ensuring that the state achieves its goal of being a leader in the U.S. offshore wind market,” says Allan DeLorme, Americas president of Ramboll’s environment and health business.
Ramboll says it has designed nearly two-thirds of the offshore wind turbine foundations and many of the platforms operating across the world today.