Shell and EDF submit 2.3 GW offshore wind bid in New Jersey

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind has submitted its proposal to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to supply New Jersey with up to 2,300 MW of offshore wind energy.

New Jersey seeks to award between 1,200 MW and 2,400 MW of offshore wind energy projects as part of its second solicitation.

Atlantic Shores, the 50-50 joint venture between EDF Renewables North America and Shell New Energies US LLC, estimates their first project would be completed as early as 2027 and if awarded, the largest sized project in its bid could yield a 16 per cent reduction in New Jersey’s carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation by powering the equivalent of nearly one million homes.

If the Atlantic Shores bid is selected, the developer intends to utilize the state’s New Jersey Wind Port for staging and marshalling as the port is built over the next several years.

“As the holder of one of the largest offshore wind leases in the United States, Atlantic Shores has an incredible opportunity to help meet New Jersey’s demand for clean, affordable energy within our 180,000 acres,” said Jennifer Daniels, Development Director.

“Our project, backed by the technical, operational, and development expertise of our team and the financial backing of global energy parent companies, is well positioned to serve New Jersey ratepayers best. Offshore wind can propel a dynamic and fast-growing new economy on the East Coast, and we are committed to helping build it first in New Jersey. We are confident that if the project is selected, Atlantic Shores will help New Jersey to deliver on its vision of a clean energy future.”

Energy storage and green hydrogen

In its bid, Atlantic Shores has also put forth an innovation plan extending beyond offshore wind. Atlantic Shores will leverage the technical capabilities of its parent companies and collaborate with academic partners and companies in New Jersey to explore commercial pathways for battery storage.

The developer has also committed to support the development of a 5 to 10 MW green hydrogen pilot project to improve the understanding and expertise on how green hydrogen can support the decarbonization of large industrial sectors.

Local partnerships

Atlantic Shores rolled out several partnerships as part of its bid to further offshore wind workforce development and education in New Jersey.

Some of these new partnerships within the bid include initiatives with Rutgers University, Rowan College, the Barnegat Bay Partnership, the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City, and workforce training with several manufacturers and suppliers.

Through its partnership with Rutgers University, Atlantic Shores will help fund the Rutgers Future Scholars program in offshore wind, providing yearly scholarships for first-generation, low-income students. The developer will also fund a number of companies within the Minority & Women Owned Business Incubator at the Rutgers EcoComplex located in Bordentown, New Jersey, who are working to transition clean energy start-ups into real-world applications.

At Rowan College in Burlington County, the Atlantic Shores bid also commits to provide funding for approximately 30 yearly scholarships for Rowan’s programs in Energy Industry Fundamentals (EIF), Transportation, Logistics and Distribution/Supply Chain, Manufacturing Machinist, and other workforce training programs that align with offshore wind industry needs.

To support environmental health near its Lease Area, the Atlantic Shores’ bid offers financial support to multiple initiatives with the Barnegat Bay Partnership, such as its Paddle for the Edge Program, and will sponsor Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) programs with the Atlantic City Boys and Girls Club for the next eight years.