Danish energy company Ã˜rsted is to build a 1.1GW offshore wind farm off the coast of New Jersey. When complete in 2024, it will be the largest such scheme to date, supplying enough power to run 500,000 homes.
Ã˜rsted was chosen by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) to build the scheme, Ocean Wind, off Atlantic City. It will be New Jersey’s first large-scale offshore wind farm.
Ã˜rsted will work with the New Jersey utility, Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), on the scheme. PSEG will be an equity investor.
Martin Neubert, chief executive of Ã˜rsted Offshore, said: "We’re delighted that New Jersey has chosen Ã˜rsted to build the state’s first large-scale offshore wind farm. Since Ã˜rsted developed the world’s first offshore wind farm in 1991, we have pushed the industry forward to help turn offshore wind into a large-scale and cost-competitive source of clean energy.
"We look forward to delivering Ocean Wind which will be the first offshore wind farm in the US to cross the 1GW mark and will contribute significantly to meeting Governor Murphy’s ambitious renewable energy goals."
Ã˜rsted has the largest offshore wind development capacity in the US and generates energy for the seven states on the US East Coast that have committed to building a total of more than 20GW offshore wind capacity by 2035.
In addition to the four projects in its US construction portfolio, Ã˜rsted owns and operates America’s first offshore wind farm, the 30MW Block Island Wind Farm (pictured).
Image: America’s first offshore wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island (Ionna22/CC BY-SA 4.0)