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New Jersey accelerates schedule for fifth offshore wind energy tender

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) is moving forward with the state’s fifth offshore wind energy tender, launching the round more than a year earlier than originally planned.

The state-run utility association announced on May 28 that it is bringing forward the next tender for additional offshore wind power projects from the third quarter of 2026 to the second quarter of 2025.

“The development of offshore wind energy remains a unique opportunity that will lead to significant economic and environmental benefits throughout the Garden State,” said the Governor of New Jersey Phil Murphy.

“At this critical inflection point for the industry both in New Jersey and across the country, it is critical that we continue to deliver on our promise and create thousands of family-sustaining, union jobs and clean air for generations to come.”

So far, three auctions for offshore wind projects have taken place in New Jersey.

In 2019, the Garden State awarded the contract for the country's largest single offshore wind project to Ørsted's 1.1 GW Ocean Wind, but the developer canceled it as additional supplier delays impacted the project schedule.

In 2021, the second tender resulted in the largest combined award of 2.6 GW of offshore wind capacity to EDF/Shell’s Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind and Ørsted’s Ocean Wind 2 projects.

Earlier this year, the Board awarded contracts for two of New Jersey's largest offshore wind projects to date: the 1,342 MW Attentive Energy Two project (developed by a joint venture between TotalEnergies and Corio Generation) and the 2,400 MW Leading Light Wind project (developed by Invenergy and energyRE).

The NJBPU recently announced the opening of the state's fourth tender for offshore wind power projects with a capacity of 1.2 to 4 GW. The application period is open until July 10.

The state also announced that it Pause in the further development of the Two-State Agreement (SAA) for coordinated planning of offshore wind energy transmission with the regional grid operator PJM Interconnection (PJM) due to a new rule by the federal energy regulators that could impact planning and costs.

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