Dutch and Danish power firms bid for New Jersey offshore wind projects

Danish power firm Orsted has reportedly submitted a bid for building wind energy projects off the coast of New Jersey. Apparently, a minimum of three firms have shown interest in building the projects, as the state Board of Public Utilities recently confirmed it has received three bids from companies that want to build the offshore wind farms, though it would not identify any of them.

The state is allegedly seeking firms for building project which would produce a minimum of 1,100 megawatts of electricity. Orsted anticipates that this amount of energy could power over half-million homes. Gov. Phil Murphy has given priority to wind energy, hoping to have 3,500 megawatts capacity in place off the New Jersey coastline within in the next 11 years.

President of Orsted North America and chief executive of Orsted US Offshore Wind, Thomas Brostrom, mentioned that the effort is a crucial milestone for the state’s ambition of building out its renewable energy portfolio.

Brostrom further said that the company is confident in its ability of delivering a competitive, comprehensive project as the global leader in the offshore wind project development. It would assist Gov. Murphy in achieving the goal of 3,500 megawatts of offshore wind by 2030, while creating jobs and boosting the economy, he added.

Further from the reports, Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind said that it is interested in developing a project which would generate up to 2,500 megawatts. This firm, a joint venture between EDF Renewable Energy, Inc. and Shell, has recently confirmed that it had applied for the New Jersey projects as well.

Norway-based Equinor, another firm has stated that it is developing ‘Boardwalk Wind’, an offshore wind project in New Jersey. It could not be confirmed if the company had filed an application, however, it has extensively spoken about its interest in doing a wind energy project in the state recently. Equinor also informed it had won a federal auction for an offshore lease site off Long Island, New York and New Jersey.