NJBPU receives proposals to build two offshore wind projects in New Jersey

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has received applications from the developers for the construction of two offshore wind farms. The developers include Chicago-based Invenergy and New-York based energyRE, a partnership for development of 2.4 GW Leading Light Wind project, which is 40 miles off Long Beach Island. Other developers that submitted proposals include Atlantic Shores, an equal joint venture between Shell New Energies US and EDF Renewables North America for the development of another offshore wind project. They have not revealed details about capacity as of yet.

The development of the project will comprise around 100 turbines, which will be enough to power a million homes, reducing carbon emissions by four million tonnes per year. In addition, the project is expected to provide economic benefits of $3 billion in New Jersey. The developers also intend to build an in-state port for operations and maintenance, and they plan to domestically manufacture wind turbines and monopile foundations.

Furthermore, Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Project 1 is already under construction. It will be built 10–20 miles off the coast of New Jersey, between Atlantic City and Barnegat Bay. The New York Bight is part of the area.