March 3 (Renewables Now) - New Jersey plans to launch a new 1.2-GW offshore wind solicitation this September, to be followed by four more rounds in 2022, 2024, 2026 and 2028.
This is according to a solicitation schedule presented on Friday by Governor Phil Murphy, which supports New Jersey’s offshore wind target of 7.5 GW by 2035 and the state’s ambition to have a 100% clean energy economy by 2050.
New Jersey launched its first offshore wind tender in 2018. It was won by Denmark’s Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED), which is expected to complete the 1.1-GW farm off Atlantic City in 2024. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has already shared plans to hold additional solicitations for offshore wind in 2020 and 2022.
The full schedule now announced by Governor Murphy ensures a greater level of certainty for developers, equipment manufacturers, and the supply chain, he said. It includes three solicitations for 1.2 GW each in 2020, 2022 and 2024, and then two for 1.4 GW each in 2026 and 2028. The time between the launch of the solicitation and the completion of the awarded offshore wind projects is planned to be around seven years.
The president and chief executive of the Business Network for Offshore Wind, Liz Burdock, welcomed the solicitation schedule but warned that New Jersey needs to do more in the areas of grid and transmission planning to prepare for the rise in renewable energy generation and the electrification of transportation.
“We are concerned that the state does not currently have a long-term comprehensive plan for working with utilities, regional transmission organizations (RTOs), and other grid experts to ensure that the state’s energy systems are ready for the massive gigawatts of power that will be generated off the New Jersey shoreline starting in 2024,” Burdock said in a statement on Monday.