America’s largest offshore wind farm could be located close to NJ

David Madden
July 07, 2019 - 4:00 am
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TRENTON, NJ (KYW Newsradio) — Ocean waters off the New Jersey coast could soon be the home of America’s largest offshore wind farm. State utility regulators have approved the first of several permits needed to make the Ocean Wind project a reality.

The Danish energy company Orsted is pairing up with Public Service Enterprise Group to put up the wind farm in US waters 15 miles off the South Jersey coast.

Gov. Phil Murphy sees this as a major part of getting New Jersey to a goal of total clean energy use by 2050. It includes three farms to be built.

“It is a big deal in particular for South Jersey,” Murphy said. “The Board of Public Utilities has laid out 11 hundred megawatts this year, another 12 hundred next year, another 12 hundred in the year 2022.”

The first project still needs additional state and federal permits, but if all goes well the farm could be up and running in five years.

“This 1,100 megawatts will be enough to power roughly 500,000 homes,” the governor added. “It will generate just under $1.2 billion of economic benefits in addition to an estimated 15,000 jobs over the project life.”

Three proposals were presented to the BPU before the Orsted/PSEG plan was accepted.