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New Jersey bumps offshore wind target to 11 gigawatts by 2040

September 22, 2022

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a new executive order on 21 September, increasing the state’s offshore wind target for 2040 from the current 7.5 GW to 11 GW. Together with signing off the new offshore wind goal, the Governor also announced the release of two reports focused on the creation of green jobs in New Jersey.

The Executive Order (No. 307) to raise the state’s current offshore wind target also directs the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to study the feasibility of increasing the target further.

Murphy had set the 7.5 GW target in 2019 with an aim for New Jersey to reach this by 2035.

Now, the 2035 target has been dropped and replaced by the 11 GW goal for 2040 that will be implemented through the New Jersey Offshore Wind Economic Development Act (OWEDA), with the Board of Public Utilities (BPU), the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Economic Development Authority (EDA), and other state agencies responsible for taking all necessary actions to implement OWEDA and meet the new goal.

The Governor also announced two new reports that will support boosting job creation in the offshore wind and the wider clean energy sectors.

[Adrijana Buljan]

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