PSEG and Offshore Wind
We urgently need to slow climate change by moving away from polluting energy sources and embracing wind, solar, nuclear and other clean energy sources.
The good news is that smart policy choices have made New Jersey a national leader in transitioning to emission-free, sustainable energy. Governor Phil Murphy has targeted the development of 11,000 MWs of offshore wind generation by 2040. He is positioning the state as a hub for the emerging offshore wind industry. This includes creating well-paid manufacturing jobs and supplying components to potentially dozens of projects along the East Coast.
We support the state’s goals and are busy doing our part to build a cleaner future in New Jersey. We are working to help achieve the state’s offshore wind goals:
While we are no longer an equity partner in the Ocean Wind 1 project, PSEG will continue to support Ocean Wind 1. We are supervising the on-land construction that will connect the wind farm to the grid, including building two onshore substations. Ocean Wind will be a 1,100-megawatt offshore wind farm 15 miles off southern New Jersey. It is expected to generate enough electricity to power more than 500,000 homes.
With hundreds of miles of shoreline, New Jersey is an ideal location to develop offshore wind energy. Taking full advantage of that resource will require a transmission network that efficiently and effectively integrates offshore wind farms with the onshore grid.
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities awarded PSE&G multiple onshore transmission projects to connect customers with the offshore wind farms being built. The projects are spread across PSE&G’s service territory and will come online between 2027 and 2029.
The New Jersey Wind Port is being built on land PSEG leases to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. It is the nation’s first purpose-built wind port, intended to serve offshore wind projects up and down the U.S. East Coast, positioning the state as a hub for the U.S. offshore wind industry. Located in Salem County, adjacent to PSEG’s nuclear generating site, which provides more than 85% of New Jersey’s carbon-free electricity, it is strategically situated for component staging, final assembly, and transport (collectively known as marshaling).
With its more than developable 200 acres, it has the potential to accommodate offshore wind manufacturing facilities for offshore wind turbines.
In nearby Paulsboro, N.J., two factories are being built to make the steel tubes that will be driven into the seabed to support the ocean turbines. This is a step toward developing a domestic supply chain. Until facilities like those are up and running, most of the largest components for America’s first large-scale wind farms will come from overseas.
Wind is a renewable resource that can be harnessed to generate clean, carbon-free electricity. Offshore wind is an abundant domestic energy resource located near centers of high electricity demand. By introducing offshore wind into New Jersey’s energy mix, the state can mitigate climate change impacts from fossil fuel generation and support economic development for the local workforce. The New York Bight, an area off the New Jersey coast extending from Cape May to Montauk, N.Y., is home to immense wind resources ready to serve New Jersey and New York.
Offshore turbines capture wind energy and generate electricity. In simple terms, the turbine blades spin as the wind blows, capturing its kinetic energy and converting it into mechanical energy. The turbine nacelle houses all the generating components that convert the mechanical energy to electrical energy. Turbines are connected to subsea cables, which are routed to shore. Once the cables make landfall, they travel underground to an onshore substation where electricity is delivered to the grid.
PSEG supports New Jersey’s goal to develop 11 GWs of offshore wind power by 2040. The Ocean Wind 1 project will play a key role in helping New Jersey achieve its public policy goals by providing clean energy to New Jersey communities and investments that will stimulate the state's economy.