More than 400 businesses have joined the New Jersey Economic Development Authority‘s Offshore Wind Supply Chain Registry.
The EDA, through its Office of Economic Transformation, has been working with the Board of Public Utilities and other agencies on the Offshore Wind Task Force to expand the state’s offshore wind industry.
The registry, which was launched less than five months ago, allows companies to publicly indicate their interest and ability to supply services for U.S. East coast offshore wind projects. At the same time, it serves as a resource for companies looking to buy from and partner with New Jersey-based firms.
“Gov. (Phil) Murphy has set a bold vision for 100% clean energy by 2050 and businesses up and down the supply chain will be a driving force behind achieving this critical goal,” NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan said. “New Jersey’s Offshore Wind Supply Chain Registry is a powerful tool for helping to ensure that our state’s companies are positioned for the opportunities created by this emerging sector, which has the potential to create thousands of good paying jobs.”
Businesses that have joined the registry range from construction/installation to subsea surveying, including engineering (150+), installation (106), cable (52), surveying (50), education and training (31), supply chain logistics (23) and steel fabricators (7). More than 160 New Jersey companies in 19 out of the 21 counties are represented on the registry.
“New Jersey’s location and natural resources make us uniquely qualified to be a global leader in offshore wind. This new registry will take that one step further, enabling us to harness the state’s collective talents to support the industry’s supply chain from end to end,” NJBPU President Joseph L. Fiordaliso said.
“New Jersey is a relatively new player in the offshore wind space, but what it lacks in longevity it has more than made up for with enthusiasm, resources, and productivity,” said Liz Burdock, Chief Executive Officer of the Business Network for Offshore Wind. “The speed with which New Jersey hit the 400-registrant mark shows that businesses throughout the state are realizing not only the environmental impact but also the economic advantages that offshore wind brings to the Garden State.”