Wind projects may soon come up along the coasts of New Jersey.
Tapping in wind energy is most environment-friendly. Three bids from firms interested in the wind projects have come up, says the Public Utilities Board on Monday. However, it has not identified any of the companies.
Orsted US Offshore Wind, a Danish company is one of the companies to bid for the wind projects. The company says that Governor Phil Murphy hopes to generate electricity of around 1,100 megawatts in the state. This will be useful to at least half-a-million homes, he feels. The coastline can tap in at least 3,500 megawatts of wind energy if the wind projects are built here, says the CEO.
Orsted is in building wind farms from as early as 1991. The company had built the first wind farm in Block Island in Rhode Islands. This is one of the first wind farms in America. We can help achieve the 3,500 megawatts estimated by the Governor, by 2030. This will also help in the overall growth of the economy and create more jobs, says the company.
Equinor is another company that is said to have filed an application. Earlier it was known as Statoil. The Norway-based company has shown its interest in the wind project in New Jersey though it has not officially confirmed its participation in the bid. It is building an offshore wind project off New Jersey and Long Island at New York, called Boardwalk Wind.
Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind has also stated its interest in developing the project, by which 2,500 megawatts can be provided, says the company. The firm is a joint venture between EDF Renewable and Shell. It has confirmed that it has applied for the bid.
CEO Thomas Brostrom of Orsted US Offshore says that it is an important milestone in the state towards building a strong renewable energy portfolio.