N.J. doubles offshore wind goal to 7,500 MW by 2035

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Nov. 19 signed an executive order raising New Jersey’s offshore wind goal from 3,500 megawatts of offshore wind-generated electricity by 2030 to 7,500 MW by 2035.

The executive order will deliver renewable energy generation needed to help meet the state’s goals of 50 percent renewable energy by 2030.

In January 2018, Murphy signed an executive order that directed the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to fully implement the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act (OWEDA) and begin the process of moving the state toward a goal of 3,500 MW of offshore wind energy generation by the year 2030.

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities issued a solicitation for 1,100 MW of offshore wind energy generation and awarded Orsted with the contract earlier this year. The board also developed a proposed timeline to consider two future solicitations for 1,200 MW of offshore wind generation to take place in 2020 and 2022 providing visibility for offshore wind developers, suppliers, and stakeholders.

The board recently adopted the Offshore Wind Energy Certificate funding rule, which establishes the process by which an offshore wind program is funded and how revenues earned from each project flow back to ratepayers.

Other states also pursuing offshore wind

Several other states are also pursuing offshore wind.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority recently finalized contracts with Equinor Wind US LLC for its 816-megawatt Empire Wind Project and Sunrise Wind LLC for its 880-megawatt Sunrise Wind Project, both of which are offshore wind projects.

In August, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) released a request for proposals that seeks up to 2,000 megawatts of offshore wind.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo in May 2018 said that the state had selected Deepwater Wind to construct a new, 400-MW offshore wind farm.

Meanwhile, Mayflower Wind Energy LLC, a joint venture of Shell New Energies US LLC and EDPR Offshore North America LLC, was recently chosen to supply 804 megawatts of energy from an offshore wind project to electricity customers within the state.

Coalition calls for Calif. to set minimum 10 GW offshore wind goal

On the other side of the country, a newly formed coalition is calling for California to set a goal of reaching a minimum of 10 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2040 in order to meet the state's commitment to 100 percent renewable power by 2045.