February 1, 2018
We at the Business Network for Offshore Wind (the Network) coined the term “NJ Offshore 2.0” last year to demonstrate our faith in New Jersey’s ability to regain its leadership role in the offshore wind industry. Yesterday, Governor Murphy affirmed that role when he signed Executive Order 8, which directs the NJ Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to begin moving toward the goal of 3500 MW (megawatts) of offshore wind energy by 2030.
This Executive Order also calls for the updating and implementation of the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act (OWEDA), which was passed in 2010, and for NJ BPU and NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to work together to create an Offshore Wind Strategic Plan for the state.
We believe that this new plan plus the rewriting of the state Energy Master Plan by the NJ BPU is a great opportunity to lay out the road map for how New Jersey can move from two leased wind energy areas 10 miles off of Atlantic City to fully-functioning offshore wind farms providing thousands of jobs and hundreds of thousands of homes with clean electricity by 2030.
The Network also sees incredible research and engineering opportunities for New Jersey’s many excellent colleges and universities, and a major need for skilled labor in manufacturing, assembly, construction and other aspects of the offshore wind industry. That is why the Network is partnering with the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) to host our first full-day, intensive training session on the offshore wind industry in Edison, NJ on March 8 titled “Foundation to Blade.”
We are also thrilled to bring our International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum (IPF) to NJ for the first time, and are currently projected to have more than 800 attendees join us in Princeton from April 3-6, including major delegations from the UK, Denmark and Norway, to name just a few, and we have invited Governor Murphy and a number of senior federal and state reps to be a part of this major event.
New Jersey is now once again positioned to play a key role in what shapes up to be a watershed year in one of the world’s fastest-growing industries. We thank Governor Murphy for his leadership and encourage the state’s business community and labor leaders to continue to support us as we move forward in offshore wind this year.