N.J. Economic Development Authority Seeks Offshore Wind Ideas

Source: By Betsy Lillian, North American Wind Power • Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2018

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The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) is seeking ideas from qualified entities with perspectives on offshore wind port infrastructure and supply chain development in the state.

Parties such as offshore wind developers and suppliers, industrial real estate developers, port operators, port authorities, other development agencies, and local governments are encouraged to respond to the EDA’s request for ideas (RFI).

The purpose of the RFI is to collect facts, information and ideas that will help the EDA better understand the offshore wind industry’s port infrastructure and supply chain development requirements. If it is determined there is sufficient need for state government support (financial, coordination, etc.), the information gathered by the RFI may be used to develop financing or development programs. One of the goals of such financing/development tools or programs is to lower the levelized cost of energy for offshore wind, says the EDA.

“Governor [Phil] Murphy’s vision for a stronger and fairer New Jersey economy includes investment in clean energy infrastructure to support job creation in growth industries like wind energy,” says Tim Sullivan, CEO of the EDA. “New Jersey is uniquely situated to assume a leadership position in the offshore wind industry, which presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity for new, good-paying jobs in the state.”

Respondents to the RFI are encouraged to respond within the context of the broader medium- to long-term regional pipeline of projects expected on the East Coast, notes the EDA. Potential RFI respondents may submit clarifying questions to EDAProcurementQA@njeda.com by 11:59 PM EST on Oct. 5. Answers to these questions will be publicly posted here.

Complete responses to the RFI are due by Monday, Oct. 15, on or before 11:59 PM EST. The RFI is independent of the offshore wind solicitation issued on Sept. 17 by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.