Ørsted, Shell and EDF bid in New Jersey's offshore wind tender

Developers are competing in New Jersey's latest offshore wind round, which could see the state's pipeline more than triple to 3.5GW

Aerial view of Atlantic City, New Jersey (pic credit: Bob Jagendorf)

Ørsted, Shell and EDF are among developers competing in New Jersey’s tender for up to 2.4GW of offshore wind capacity.

The deadline for bids in the state’s second offshore wind tender round closed yesterday (10 December).

Atlantic Shores – a 50:50 joint venture of Shell New Energies and EDF Renewables – stated that it submitted a proposal to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to supply the state with output from 2.3GW of offshore wind capacity.

It is unclear how many projects this includes, but the developer added that the first wind farm in its proposal could be online by 2027. The developer had unsuccessfuly bid for the 1510MW Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind 1 project in the neighbouring state of New York.

Meanwhile, Ørsted has also submitted a bid for its Ocean Wind 2 project. 

It has not confirmed the proposed capacity of its wind farm, or when it might be online.

Both developers have also announced investments in education and workforce development as part of their respective bids.

Atlantic Shores plans to support development of a 5-10MW green hydrogen pilot and work with academic partners to explore commercial pathways for battery storage as part of its bid.

It also announced several partnerships, with a local university, college and youth group.

Meanwhile, Ørsted said it plans to invest in New Jersey’s offshore wind manufacturing capabilities, as well as in research, grants and workforce training programmes, as part of its bid.

The Danish utility is developing the state’s first offshore wind farm, the 1148MW Ocean Wind 2  project. It recently agreed to sell 25% of the project to local utility Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG).

If New Jersey awards 2.4GW of capacity as planned, its offshore wind pipeline would more than triple from 1.1GW to 3.5GW.