Garden State Offshore Energy Wins Bid for Offshore Wind Farm

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJ BPU) announced that it has chosen Garden State Offshore Energy (GSOE), a joint venture between PSEG Renewable Generation and Deepwater Wind, as the preferred developer of a 350-megawatt (MW) wind farm off the coast of New Jersey.

As NJ BPU’s preferred developer, GSOE will move forward with evaluation of the project’s environmental impacts and wind resource quality assesments as well as begin the permitting process at both the state and federal levels. GSOE’s proposal calls for 96 wind turbines arranged in a rectangular grid 16 to 20 miles off the coast of Cape May and Atlantic counties. The wind farm could begin generating energy in 2012 with the entire project operational in 2013.

The foundations, turbines and towers are expected to be assembled on land and will be transported to the wind farm site via large-scale barges. Assuming a suitable site can be found, turbine assembly and port facilities are expected to be located in New Jersey.

“The beauty of our proposal is that it preserves the beauty of the New Jersey shore,” said Nelson Garcez, vice president, PSEG Renewable Generation. “This places New Jersey among the leaders in the U.S. in developing off shore wind energy. It has tremendous potential to create clean energy and hundreds of green jobs for the state.”

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