By Conner VanLoo
Eight years in the making has come true in that New Jersey will finally get their plan to develop offshore wind.
Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order to implement the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act (OWEDA) that will bring 3.5 GW of offshore wind energy generation by 2030.
"Murphy’s Executive Order directs the BPU to begin the rulemaking process to fill the gaps in the current regulations governing the OREC program. The order also directs BPU President Joseph Fiordaliso and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe to work together to establish an Offshore Wind Strategic Plan for New Jersey."
The offshore wind lease area when it is all up and running could power around 1.5 million homes.