Offshore wind project off A.C. coast a step closer to reality

Ørsted North America President Thomas Brostrøm announced the company has received site assessment plan approval to build a utility-scale, offshore wind project, 10 miles off the coast of Atlantic City.

Brostrøm, speaking at the ribbon-cutting of the opening of the company’s Atlantic City office, said the facility will benefit the state in a number of ways.

“Ocean wind will produce reliable clean energy for New Jersey with scale that maximizes job creation, cost effectiveness and economic benefits for the state and local communities,” he said. “We look forward to continued collaboration with (the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management) as we work to make New Jersey and the U.S. a hub for offshore wind.”

Ocean wind is capable of generating more than 3,000 megawatts of power — providing enough energy to power 1.5 million homes and businesses, the company said.

Building green energy opportunities has been a mission of Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration.

Previous efforts to build such projects were thwarted by former Gov. Chris Christie.

“We are fortunate to be pursuing our project at this time in the state’s history when we have Gov. Murphy and first lady Tammy Murphy calling upon state entities and numerous stakeholders to all work together to share in the governor’s vision of creating 3,500 megawatts of offshore wind generation 2030,” Brostrøm said. “We are ready to do our part in achieving that goal.”

Tammy Murphy, Board of Public Utilities President Joseph Fiordaliso, Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam and other elected officials and local members of the business community attended the event.

“It’s a pleasure to partake in this historic moment, as we welcome and open Ørsted’s official New Jersey office,” Tammy Murphy said. “As a charter member of the Climate Reality Action Fund and a longtime advocate for environmental policy, I have seen firsthand the destruction and loss associated with the failure to act on climate change.

“Offshore wind can power a state’s future path and drive its economic future. I am thrilled to see the state of New Jersey headed for a cleaner and greener direction.”