We envision a more sustainable tomorrow for our residents and for the people of the world. New Jersey is addressing climate change head-on and is one of only a handful states in the U.S. that has adopted the goal to be 50% clean energy by 2030 and 100% clean energy by 2050.
Because of our geographic and geological position, New Jersey is uniquely located to serve as a capital for the offshore industry on America. In June 2019, New Jersey announced the development of Ocean Wind – the largest offshore wind farm in the U.S.
New Jersey was an early adopter of solar power and the industry continues to project strong growth. Our State is also an emerging leader in electric vehicle (EV) adoption.
We’re mobilizing investment, encouraging public and private collaboration and leveraging our world-class infrastructure and highly skilled workforce to help us build a clean energy future.
50% renewable by 2030
Source: McKinsey, Department of Environmental Protection, Air Quality, Energy & Sustainability, 2019
3,500 MW by 2030 and 7,500 MW by 2035
Source: Business Facilities, July 2020
currently under development in Salem County
To support offshore wind development, New Jersey created the Wind Innovation and New Development (WIND) Institute with corporate, academic, labor and state government partners. The WIND Institute will enhance collaboration and connection to resources, including workforce training, R&D and capital investment.
New Jersey is emerging as a national leader in transportation electrification. We are the only state outside of California that has a 100% electric vehicle (EV) mandate by 2035. To meet this goal, New Jersey Partnership to Plug-in was established as a first-of-its-kind statewide partnership to build out the electric vehicle infrastructure.
Governor Murphy recently announced a $100 million clean energy investment with proceeds from the New Jersey’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and its prosecution of Volkswagen for emissions cheating. The funds will bring electrification programs, equitable mobility projects, and electric charging infrastructure to environmental justice communities across the State.
New Jersey is also the first state requiring new construction project to consider climate change impact.
New Jersey is located in the center of the Northeastern United States offshore wind belt with great regional and international connectivity. These large lease areas and additional areas under construction by the United States Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) have the characteristics necessary to lower costs and accelerate development.
The New Jersey Wind Port, currently under development, is a first-in-the-nation infrastructure investment. When completed, it will be the East Coast hub for staging, assembly, and manufacturing activities related to offshore wind projects. New Jersey is also home to the Port of New York and New Jersey, the 2nd busiest seaport in North America and the largest maritime cargo center on the East Coast.
New Jersey is located in the middle of the Boston – New York City – Washington D.C. corridor, one of the world’s most concentrated and affluent markets. The State’s unrivaled road and rail network includes 2,900 miles of interstates and highways and the nation’s highest railroad density. Newark Liberty International Airport and nearby regional airports service ~600 nonstop destinations.
New Jersey has the educated workforce needed to quickly respond to the emerging needs of the clean energy industry. Our State is home to ~90,000 workers with wind-adjacent skills ready to support the development of wind power.
Global renewable energy leader Ørsted has partnered with New Jersey’s top universities including Rowan, Montclair State, Stockton and Rutgers for offshore wind research projects, workforce development and other educational opportunities.
Rutgers is home to the Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) for multidisciplinary alternative energy research and the Center for Ocean Observing Leadership (RU-COOL). The Rutgers Ecocomplex Clean Energy Innovation Center is a university incubator for cleantech startups that provides access to facilities, equipment, faculty, mentorship and funding.
New Jersey is set to become America’s capital for offshore wind with a target of 3,500 MW by 2030 and 7,500 by 2035.
Our State is the gateway to PJM – the largest competitive power market in the U.S. New Jersey’s wind potential includes 130 miles of coastline, 340,000 acres of land with close proximity to shore (10-21 nautical miles), shallow water depths (under 30m) and strong wind speeds (avg. annual wind speed of 8.5 m/s, significantly higher during peak).
In 2018, BPU opened an 1,100 MW application window for offshore wind projects. Ørsted was selected to develop the “Ocean Wind” project off the coast of Atlantic City with support from PSEG. The BPU has been directed to issue two additional 1,200 MW solicitations in 2020 and 2022.
The New Jersey Wind Port will be the first port dedicated to offshore wind in the U.S. It will be located on 100 acres of land in Salem County’s Lower Alloways Creek Township. The $300-400 million investment is expected to create over 1,500 manufacturing, assembly and operations jobs.
New Jersey offers several clean energy programs and incentives, including an offshore wind tax credit and the New Jersey Offshore Wind Supply Chain Registry.
New Jersey has some of the best solar incentives in the country. New Jersey us the 7th largest amount of solar capacity installed in the U.S. despite being the 5th smallest land-area state. We rank 12th in solar industry employment with 6,000+ jobs.
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU)’s Community Solar Energy Pilot Program encourages residents to purchase affordable electricity. The first community solar project energized in the State was constructed in Perth Amboy developer Solar Landscape in January 2021.
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