New Jersey Governor Signs Executive Order to Pursue Offshore Wind Power

Jan. 31, 2018

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order directing the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to implement the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act and begin moving the state toward a goal of 3,500 megawatts of offshore wind energy generation by the year 2030. Although the previous New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed the Act in 2010, gaps remain in the regulations and offshore wind developers have not obtained the necessary approvals from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to move forward. The newly signed executive order directs the Board to begin filling the gaps in the current regulations governing the Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credit program. The Order also requires an Offshore Wind Strategic Plan for New Jersey, including components such as job growth and workforce development.