October 31, 2022
We, the undersigned organizations, on behalf of our members and supporters across New Jersey, applaud the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities for taking historic action on transmission today to protect customers and advance the critical development of offshore wind to meet our climate targets. This unprecedented collaboration with the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland Interconnection (PJM), resulted in a cost-saving and environmentally responsible approach that will minimize impacts while providing the necessary infrastructure to deliver thousands of megawatts of planned and future renewable offshore wind energy to our existing grid, powering millions of homes throughout the state, and bring thousands of good jobs to our state. This decision establishes New Jersey as a national leader, coordinating with its grid operator to proactively plan and build the grid of the future, delivering on the promise of offshore wind. Although we will continue to advocate for an offshore backbone, we are heartened that the agency has acknowledged the need to explore those options and push for more coordination. We urge other states and regions, including New York and New England, and their grid operators, to quickly follow suit, particularly with the opportunities available from the Inflation Reduction Act.
“With today’s decision, we are another step closer to powering our homes with clean energy from off the coast of New Jersey. Building the infrastructure for offshore wind will create good, paying union jobs right here. Decisions like this today, will solidify New Jersey as a leader in offshore wind and signal to businesses that we’re all in so New Jersey can reap the economic benefits of this nascent industry,” said Debra Coyle, Executive Director, NJ Work Environment Council
Read the entire Press Release