Gov. Phil Murphy was joined by Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. in celebrating the Biden Administration’s decision to approve the offshore wind project 15 miles off the coast of New Jersey.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Notice of Intent (NOI) was a critical step in the federal review of the project, according to the two lawmakers.
“Building our offshore wind industry will allow us to protect our natural resources, while expanding the state’s economy through investments and good-paying, union jobs. I am grateful to the Biden Administration for their bold actions to bolster the offshore wind industry and move our project forward,” said Murphy in a press statement after the decision. “Today’s Notice of Intent is a monumental step toward our goal of 100% clean energy in New Jersey by 2050.”
It is estimated the Ocean Wind project could generate up to $1.17 billion in economic benefits for the state, as well as create thousands fo good-paying union jobs over the life of the project.
“New Jersey’s commitment to leading the offshore wind industry puts us at the forefront of climate action while creating jobs and economic opportunity for New Jerseyans,” said Jane Cohen, Director of the Office of Climate Action and the Green Economy and Executive Director of the New Jersey Council on the Green Economy. “With today’s NOI, our state is again leading on offshore wind and working toward a stronger and fairer New Jersey by investing in clean energy.”
Pascrell Cheers Wind Farms
Rep. Pascrell was happy that the Biden Administration heeded the calls of New Jersey’s legislators, and noted the projects would help in the collective fight against climate change.
“Greater investment and innovation in offshore wind power is inherently forward-looking and perhaps the best avenue for reducing our reliance on fossil fuels while simultaneously modernizing U.S. infrastructure for the next century. On top of that, expansion of American wind power ambitions promises a boon of reliable, union-friendly jobs along our shores,” he said.
The action by the Biden Administration also authorized a wind power operation off the coast of Long Island, NY.
“After years of delays, I commend the Biden Administration for taking action right out of the gate to jumpstart offshore wind development and finally get this process moving again. The offshore wind industry will create thousands of good-paying jobs while helping us combat the climate crisis at the same time,” said Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY).
Further Review Still Needed
The receipt of the NOI triggered an environmental approval process for the projects. This will satisfy requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act.
Additionally, an Environmental Impact Statement will be prepared for the Construction and Operations Plan submitted by developer Ocean Wind.
Its expected the process will take 22 months to complete, with opportunities for public comment built into the timeline.