Orsted confirms New Jersey offshore bid as Euro-giants line up

Danish group puts Ocean Wind into New Jersey process and secures another 100MW for Revolution

Orsted confirmed its Ocean Wind project will take part in the first offshore wind procurement round run by the US state of New Jersey.

Ocean Wind, which Denmark-based Orsted believes could eventually host up to 3GW of capacity off the state, filed a bid into New Jersey’s initial 1.1GW solicitation, which is expected to finalise contracts in 2019.

Orsted’s participation sets up the New Jersey round as a battle of the European energy giants, with Norway’s Equinor already having confirmed its own bid for its Boardwalk Wind project, part of its large development zone south of New York.

Last week EDF Renewables and Shell New Energies announced a new joint venture to co-develop a 2.5GW zone off New Jersey, buying the project from developer US Wind.

New Jersey has swiftly emerged as one of the golden prospects in the US East Coast’s ever-expanding offshore wind ambitions.

The state has embraced a 3.5GW offshore wind target by 2030, the most ambitious in the nation, and given developers much-desired clarity by saying it will follow its current 1.1GW solicitation with two more of 1.2GW each in 2020 and 2022.

Orsted’s confirmation of its New Jersey bid came as the Danish group announced a further PPA for its Revolution Wind development zone, bringing the total to 700MW.

The latest deal is with distributors in Connecticut for 420GWh annually, which Orsted said equates to about 100MW of offshore wind capacity.

The PPA – following “a highly competitive solicitation process” – means Revolution now has 400MW in Rhode Island and 300MW in Connecticut secured under PPA.

The Revolution zone was previously taken forwards by Deepwater Wind, acquired by Orsted earlier this year.

Subject to a final investment decision by the Danish group, the wind farm is expected to be commissioned in 2023.

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