The US state of New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities have selected Danish energy firm Ørsted as the developer of the state’s first offshore wind power plant.
The five-member Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously, after considering proposals by Norway’s Equinor, and a joint-venture by Shell New Energies and EDF Renewables North America.
The planned 1,100MW Ocean Wind Energy plant will power over half a million homes, and is expected to be operational by 2024.
The state’s Public Services Enterprise Group will work with Orsted, providing energy management services, and potentially also lease land for use during development. The project will create over 3000 jobs in the region.
The development of the plant is aligned to state Governor Phil Murphy’s goal of powering more than 1.5 million New Jersey homes with offshore wind power by 2030.
Thomas Brostrøm, CEO of Ørsted US Offshore Wind and President of Ørsted North America said: “Today’s announcement firmly establishes a fast-growing global industry in New Jersey, which will create jobs and supply chain in the state. Ocean Wind will ensure that the state and its residents not only benefit from clean, renewable power but that they reap the rewards of being an early player in the offshore wind industry as it grows in the US.”