The Business Network for Offshore Wind, the organization working to accelerate offshore wind energy deployment and build a dedicated domestic supply chain, recently celebrated the decision that clears the way for construction of the Ocean Wind 1 Project off New Jersey’s coast.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued a record of decision that finalizes the environmental review process. New Jersey has already reached an agreement for Ocean Wind to deliver 1.1 GW of offshore wind generation, and the project is expected to begin operation in late 2024 or early 2025.
Only two other projects — Vineyard Wind and South Fork Wind — have received RODs for their projects, and both recently achieved steel in the water with the installation of their first monopile business. Behind the Ocean Wind 1 project is pipeline of seven more offshore wind projects, representing approximately 14 GW of offshore wind generation, awaiting final environmental review.
“Momentum is building in the U.S. offshore wind industry with two wind farms in the water and the next projects receiving approval to begin construction,” said Liz Burdock, Business Network for Offshore Wind’s CEO and founder. “Alongside this progress, the U.S. supply chain is coming to life as factory workers in Paulsboro, New Jersey, fabricators in Baltimore, Maryland, and construction workers at New Jersey’s wind port are manufacturing Ocean Wind 1’s turbine components and ports.
The Department of Interior and BOEM are ensuring environmentally-responsible advancement of offshore wind projects that create jobs and enable New Jersey as well as the nation to remain energy independent with clean, reliable, and affordable electricity.”
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