Offshore Wind Gets Boost from New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) approved a $19 million solicitation on October 4 to support the development of a pilot offshore wind plant within 20 miles of the New Jersey coast. The BPU will help fund the needed studies and applications for the facility, which could be located somewhere along a 72-mile stretch of coastline in southern New Jersey, running from Seaside Park to Stone Harbor. The BPU hopes to spur the construction of as much as 350 megawatts of offshore wind power. Proposals are due by January 18th, 2008, and the grant is expected to be awarded by March 2008.
The BPU says that criteria to be considered in awarding the grant include the candidate's ability to:
- Locate in the study area designated by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, which extends 20 miles offshore from Seaside Park to Stone Harbor
- Assist in relieving or reducing congestion in the Atlantic City Electric distribution system and the PJM Interconnection transmission system
- Demonstrate an ability to finance construction through market sources, which may include tax exempt bond financing through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.
To read more about renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in New Jersey, see:
- New Jersey news published on the EERE Web site.
- Brief project descriptions from the New Jersey Energy Office published in the EERE State Energy Program newsletter, Conservation Update.
- New Jersey publications listed in the EERE State Publications Database.