Winds Of Change On The Horizon

Winds Of Change On The Horizon

Wind farm will power half a million homes in New Jersey by 2024.

Robert Austin
Robert Austin

New Jersey Offshore Wind Farm To Power Half-Million Homes By 2024!

The first industrial-scale wind farm will soon be going up approximately fifteen miles off the coast of southern New Jersey and promises to deliver 1,100 MW of pollution-free electricity in just a few years.  It will be the first of several offshore wind farms as the state of New Jersey has committed to a goal of 7,500 MW of offshore wind energy by 2035.  Ocean Wind, as this first project is known, will give New Jersey an early lead in the field of offshore wind generation.  And, that is important, because not that many states have both - access to a coastline and the population density to take advantage of the energy generated with minimal transmission losses.

Key players in Ocean Wind will be PSE&G (Public Service Gas & Electric) and Orsted.  Orsted is a Danish company and is widely recognized as the leader in offshore wind generation with more than 30 years of experience in the field. Their expertise is truly global. They operate the very first offshore wind farm in the U.S., at Block Island off the Rhode Island coast.

Ocean Wind is designed to provide clean and reliable energy to people in New Jersey while providing significant capital investment and jobs. It will help the state reach its goal of powering more than 3.2 million houses with offshore wind-generated electricity by 2035.   The installation itself will be built using the GE Haliade-X 12 MW Turbine, one of the largest and most powerful on the market today. While the installation will make use of many turbines, at 15 miles off the coast, its location is far enough away that the turbines themselves will barely be visible to the naked eye.  To learn more about the project and to see photo simulations of what the installation will look like, you can visit: oceanwind.com

PSE&G is a leading supplier of electricity and gas in New Jersey and many surrounding states.  Today’s increased awareness of the fragility of our environment and concerns over greenhouse gases and global warming -is making them look for newer, cleaner solutions.  Their choice of Orsted has brought them to be the acknowledged leader in the solar, wind, and clean energy field.

Orsted’s corporate vision is “a world that runs entirely on green energy.”  They develop, construct, and operate offshore wind farms, solar farms, energy storage facilities, bio-energy plants, and can provide energy products.  With thirty years of renewable energy experience, they have the knowledge it would take PSE&G decades to develop on their own. Similarly, PSE&G knows the customer needs, distribution requirements, and the regulatory world to operate efficiently in our geography.

The project is already underway.  As you read this, environmental and geological studies to support the permitting and engineering of the wind farm are underway. Meetings will be taking place with elected officials, community leaders, and other stakeholders to present an overview of the project.  A series of open houses will be conducted throughout southern New Jersey to make sure the public is well aware of the project and has every opportunity to ask questions.  And finally, procurement teams will meet with local suppliers to examine how their businesses might assist with the construction activities surrounding the Ocean Wind project. In addition to having a chance to become a supplier to this particular project, it will be one of the very first opportunities in this country to gain experience in the offshore wind generation field, which is sure to see significant growth in the years ahead.

If we look to the future, there is no doubt that we will need more  clean energy sources.  Wind, especially offshore wind, makes sense, particularly in heavily populated coastal states.  At the same time, it should also be pointed out that wind, by its very nature, is not a consistent source of energy.  Wind, even on the ocean, is often calm and incapable of filling all the energy needs of cosumers.  This means that organizations will need to develop ways to store electricity for those calm periods or put in place alternative energy-generating sources.  This is not to say there is anything wrong with an offshore wind farm.  But it is mentioned to remind us all that having truly green energy is not as simple as just installing wind and solar generators.  They will definitely play an important part in powering our future. And it is always nice to see the New Jersey shore mentioned as being more than a wonderful place to spend your vacation.


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