Fishermen’s Energy, EDF Renewables to Start Ocean Wind Power Off New Jersey

Three Turbines to Operate Three Miles at Sea
Sep 11, 2018
Courtesy of: Nautilus Offshore Wind

On Sept. 5, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities deemed the application by EDF Renewables and Fishermen’s Energy for the Nautilus Offshore Wind project is complete.

The BPU has 90 days from Aug. 1 to review the project and make a decision on whether to approve the small-scale project to be located approximately 2.8 miles off the coastline of Atlantic City.

According to a press release from EDF and Fishermen’s Energy, once approved construction would start immediately and could be completed in 2020.

The project is expected to be comprised of three wind turbines with a combined capacity of up to 25 megawatts (MW).

“It’s a crucial first step toward implementing the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act and building a workforce capable of meeting Gov. Phil Murphy’s statewide goal of 3,500 MW of offshore wind generation by 2030,” said EDF spokesperson Cathy Rought.

Nautilus Offshore Wind is expected to employ about 600 workers for a year during construction, as well as additional jobs during operation and maintenance. New Jersey residents across the state could expect to begin receiving power generated by Nautilus Offshore Wind as early as 2021. The company estimates that for the average New Jersey electric consumer, the additional cost of power will amount to about $1.76 per year. At the same time it would offset 40,000 tons of carbon dioxide. It will also serve as a laboratory for new avian monitoring (bird strikes) and marine mammal impacts.

“Nautilus will make it possible for Atlantic City to become the birthplace of an emerging industry, creating new jobs and sustainable economic growth,” said New Jersey Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (Atlantic County). “When approved, the project will be the start of an energy transformation that will allow for a brighter and cleaner future here in Atlantic City, in Atlantic County and across the state.”

According to EDF and Fishermen’s Energy, an independent analysis showed that Nautilus is expected to increase New Jersey’s total economic output by $150 million with construction by 2020. Maintaining the offshore wind project could add $16 million annually for the state, with a projected economic and environmental net benefit of $235 million.

“Our purpose with Nautilus is not just to deliver offshore wind power, but to leverage this initial build to help the New Jersey workforce quickly gain deep expertise in offshore wind, in comparison with other states,” said Doug Copeland, EDF Renewables regional project manager. “With offshore wind poised to become one of the nation’s fastest growing production sectors, there is a real opportunity for New Jersey to lead the country in implementing future, commercial-scale projects faster and more cost effectively – all with a minimal impact on the ocean environment.”

EDF Renewables North America is an independent power producer and service provider with over 30 years of expertise in renewable energy. The company delivers grid-scale power from wind, both onshore and offshore; solar photovoltaic, and storage projects; distribution solutions for solar and solar storage, EV charging; and energy management. The company portfolio consists of 10 gigawatts of developed projects and 10 GW under service contracts.

EDF Renewables is a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, the dedicated renewable energy affiliate of the EDF Group. For more information visit edf-re.com.

Fishermen’s Energy is a consortium of commercial fisheries in South Jersey, including Viking Village of Barnegat Light, with the goal to turn Atlantic coastal waters into a source of clean energy, while maintaining a vibrant commercial fishing industry. Fishermen’s Energy intends to harvest the wind and the sea, side by side, in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner.

— Pat Johnson

patjohnson@thesandpaper.net

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