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New Jersey ups the ante on offshore wind

New Jersey ups the ante on offshore wind
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Over the past few years, states up and down the East Coast have jockeyed for position as America’s offshore wind leader. Massachusetts and Rhode Island were early movers, Maryland and New York have made waves, and Connecticut and Virginia made a big push earlier this fall. Now New Jersey is making its move—Gov. Phil Murphy just announced the state is more doubling its offshore wind commitment to 7,500 megawatts by 2035.

 

Gov. Murphy’s new target means offshore wind would supply half of New Jersey’s electricity, and the increased ambition leaves only New York with a larger commitment to offshore wind.

“It will be achievable, there’s no question about it,” said Joseph Fiordaliso, commissioner of New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities. “We’re going to have 3,500 megawatts by 2030 and probably have more by then. So the 2035 timetable is achievable, and one that we are working toward, and one that we will accomplish.”

New Jersey’s enhanced offshore wind commitment will also act as a job creator. Over 460 companies have already signed onto the New Jersey Offshore Wind Supply Chain Registry. That makes sense considering:

That includes the obvious engineering, construction and operations and maintenance jobs, and some jobs that might be a little unexpected, like these wind farm “Uber drivers:”

“No other renewable energy resource provides us either the electric-generation or economic-growth potential of offshore wind,” said Gov. Murphy.

New Jersey’s announcement is further proof that American offshore wind power is ready to take off.

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Laura is the Senior Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs for Offshore Wind at the American Wind Energy Association. Laura is the association's lead on offshore wind issues. She also focuses on building wind's political power by increasing the level of engagement between AWEA’s member companies, Members of Congress and the administration, and by collaborating with the environmental community and other users of ocean resources. Prior to joining AWEA, Laura spent seven years in the federal government, most recently as the Acting Deputy Chief of Staff at NOAA. Laura also served as a Policy Advisor in the Office of Management and Budget, Deputy Associate Director for Climate and Energy at the Council for Environmental Quality, and a Senior Advisor at the Department of Energy. In each of those roles, Laura focused on deployment of renewable energy and bulk transmission projects, and more broadly on mechanisms to modernize the permitting process for major infrastructure projects. Before joining the government, Laura was Senior Counsel in the energy practice of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., and Appellate Counsel in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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