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New Jersey Offshore Wind Solicitations


On February 28, 2020, the Murphy Administration announced the offshore wind solicitation schedule to meet the 7,500 MW offshore wind goal by 2035 and called upon the NJ Board of Public Utilities to take all necessary actions to implement the schedule. To be responsive to the evolving offshore wind market, the schedule has been developed to provide flexibility in terms of the amount being procured with each solicitation and the exact timeline.

Solicitation Capacity
Target (MW)
Issue Date Submittal Date Award Date Estimated
Commercial Operation
1 1,100 Q3 2018 Q4 2018 Q2 2019 2024
2 1,200 Q3 2020 Q4 2020 Q2 2021 2027
3 1,200 Q3 2022 Q4 2022 Q2 2023 2029
4 1,200 Q2 2024 Q3 2024 Q1 2025 2031
5 1,400 Q2 2026 Q3 2026 Q1 2027 2033
6 1,400 Q2 2028 Q3 2028 Q1 2029 2035

 First Solicitation

On June 19, 2019, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities announced the winner of New Jersey’s first offshore wind solicitation to be Ørsted’s Ocean Wind 1,100 MW project. This project is the largest single-state procurement of offshore wind electricity generation capacity in the U.S. to date.

“Today’s historic announcement will revolutionize the offshore wind industry here in New Jersey and along the entire East Coast,” said Governor Murphy. “Building our offshore wind industry will create thousands of jobs, invite new investments into our state, and put us on a path to reaching our goal of 3,500 MW of offshore wind by 2030. This award is a monumental step in making New Jersey a global leader in offshore wind development and deployment.” 

“Thanks to Governor Murphy’s leadership and his trust in the NJBPU to deliver upon the important promise of offshore wind, today we have taken another important step forward into our 100 percent clean energy future,” said NJBPU President Joseph L. Fiordaliso. “With today’s award of 1,100 MW of offshore wind, a safer, healthier future for New Jersey is looking brighter and closer than ever.”

More information about this historic award can be found by viewing the Board Order here. A press release regarding this award can be viewed here.

Second Solicitation

The State’s second offshore wind solicitation is targeted to implement Governor Phil Murphy’s vision of making New Jersey a leading hub of offshore wind development and to meet the State’s aggressive clean energy goals. The Board of Public Utilities announced that it is soliciting applications targeting 1,200 MW to 2,400 MW of offshore wind capacity. The Board seeks to promote robust competition in this solicitation and future solicitations to support the continued development of the offshore wind industry in New Jersey. The Solicitation Guidance Document includes information on the timeline and mechanics of the Second Solicitation, the application requirements, and the criteria for evaluating applications. The draft solicitation guidance document was released for public comment on July 22, 2020. Public comments received by the Board have been considered, and the final Second Solicitation Guidance Document includes modifications based on the comments. The Second Solicitation Guidance Document can be found here.

On September 9, 2020, the Board approved the Second Solicitation Guidance Document and opened the second solicitation window on September 10, 2020.  The window closes on December 10, 2020 when applications for new offshore wind projects are due.

Project awards are expected in June of 2021.

New Jersey Offshore Wind Solicitation #2

 



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