December 18, 2018 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Baltimore, MD – The Business Network for Offshore Wind is disappointed over today’s denial by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJ BPU) of the Nautilus Offshore Wind Project, formerly known as the Fishermen’s Energy Atlantic City Windfarm, a three-turbine, 24 megawatt (MW) wind farm proposed for three miles off of Atlantic City, New Jersey.
“Our position is that all responsible offshore wind energy projects at this point will play an important role in the growing US offshore wind market,” said Liz Burdock, President & CEO of the Network. “Although Nautilus was a small project, it has always offered significant value beyond the clean power in the form of optimizing the efficiency of the New Jersey offshore wind supply chain and business community.”
“We thank Paul Gallagher of Fishermen’s Energy and Doug Copeland of EDF Renewables for being active members of the Network and for fighting on behalf of this project and its potential supply chain for more than 10 years,” added Burdock. “Like Cape Wind in Massachusetts, Fishermen’s Energy and the Nautilus Project deserve much credit for being a US offshore wind pioneer and teaching the industry many lessons as they struggled to keep their project alive through the ups and downs of the New Jersey approval process.”
Burdock stated that she hopes EDF Renewables would succeed in the future New Jersey offshore wind marketplace-based projects. She noted that the industry’s focus in New Jersey will now shift to the offshore wind developer proposals for 1100 MW due to be submitted to NJ BPU on December 28, and the four federal New York Bight Wind Energy Areas near the northern New Jersey coast, which are scheduled for auction in early 2020.
Contact: William O’Hearn 201.486.2034 [email protected]
About the Business Network for Offshore Wind
The Business Network for Offshore Wind is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing an offshore wind supply chain in the United States. The Network is focused on delivering education, creating partnerships and advancing the industry. All membership and event proceeds are invested back into supporting the industry by helping the Network continue programmatic education and develop the tools and networks necessary to create a U.S. offshore wind supply chain. The Network hosts the annual International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum (IPF) (www.2019ipf.com), the leading technical conference for offshore wind in the United States dedicated to moving the industry forward.