Governor Phil Murphy (D), alongside First Lady Tammy Murphy and former Vice President Al Gore signed an executive order to raise New Jersey’s offshore wind goal from 3,500 MW of offshore wind by 2030 to 7,500 MW by 2035.
The executive order, which more than doubles New Jersey’s offshore wind goal, will deliver the renewable energy generation needed to meet the state’s goals of 50 percent renewable energy by 2030 and a 100 percent by 2050, as well as create thousands of jobs.
“There is no other renewable energy resource that provides us with either the electric-generation or economic-growth potential of offshore wind,” said Murphy. “When we reach our goal of 7,500 megawatts, New Jersey’s offshore wind infrastructure will generate electricity to power more than 3.2 million homes and meet 50 percent of our state’s electric power need.”
“As our federal government abdicates its responsibility to confront the climate crisis, our transition to a clean energy future is being led by states like New Jersey, and by leaders like my friend Governor Phil Murphy,” saidGore. “Today’s announcement couldn’t be more timely and more needed, as climate-related extreme weather events continue to wreak havoc on our communities. With this executive order, Governor Murphy is unleashing the unprecedented economic and job creating opportunities of clean, wind energy.”
Executive Order No. 92, which will be effective immediately, directs the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and other state agencies with responsibilities arising under OWEDA to take all necessary actions to promote the development of wind energy off the coast of New Jersey to meet a goal of 7,500 MW of offshore wind energy generation by the year 2035. This new order rescinds Paragraph 1 of Executive Order No. 8, which had established the previous goal of 3,500 MW of offshore wind energy generation by 2030.