Delivering NJ’s Clean Energy Future
New Jersey is experiencing climate change impacts – more intense storms and rising sea levels. In response, state leaders set ambitious clean energy goals, including 7,500 megawatts of offshore wind generation by 2035. With hundreds of miles of shoreline, New Jersey is an ideal location to develop offshore wind energy. Taking full advantage of that resource will require a transmission network that efficiently and effectively integrates offshore wind farms with the onshore grid.
Bringing Offshore Energy To Customers
In 2021, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities initiated the first-of-its-kind process with PJM to develop the electrical transmission system to bring energy from offshore wind farms to New Jersey customers. By initiating this process, NJ will ensure electricity generated offshore will reach customers in the most reliable, cost-effective, and environmentally sensitive manner. Coastal Wind Link has submitted seven proposals to support NJ in achieving these objectives.
Offshore wind is a rapidly growing industry in the U.S. and will bring thousands of jobs to New Jersey, with the opportunity to develop a robust supply chain. New Jersey is taking steps to develop the offshore wind industry by investing in the first purpose-built port infrastructure for offshore wind and workforce training initiatives.
Advantages for New Jersey
Coastal Wind Link’s proposals include individual projects, which can be combined to form a meshed grid and utilize high voltage direct current (HVDC) technology to provide customers with the greatest value. Coastal Wind Link’s unique design would provide a reliable, economic and environmentally responsible network for bringing offshore wind power to New Jersey homes and businesses. It would deliver superior reliability to meet New Jersey’s needs today and support the anticipated technological advances of tomorrow’s wind farms.
In addition, the Coastal Wind Link would provide significant economic benefits, including:
- 9,000 additional employment years in new jobs,
- $1.5 billion added to New Jersey’s economy during the project,
- $900 million in economic opportunities for local contractors