The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) plans to deploy an offshore wind energy plan that will prepare the state for a shift to clean energy come next year. The agency has advocated for the inclusion of the US offshore wind transmission policy in the PJM Interconnection procession. This move implies that PJM would procure expert engineers in developing the offshore wind transmission strategies for NJBPU in the State Agreement Approach.
New Jersey aims to generate over 7 gigawatts of offshore wind energy in the next fifteen years. NJPU will be partnering with PJM to identify plausible project proposals that can supply renewable energy to grid operators in the tender scheduled for 2021. NJPBU will be utilizing this contract in the State Agreement Approach to develop solutions for the offshore wind energy sector. These solutions would have required time and numerous contracts to realize, but the agency will combine this contract as an opportunity to discover viable projects.
The preliminary analysis will help NJPBU evaluate the scope of variables, including cost, location of the transformers, ecological indications, and the time it will take to complete vital facilities. The chief of NJPBU, Joseph Fiordaliso, explained that the time had come for New Jersey to demonstrate its innovative clean energy plans and implement them as the strategies to achieve climate change objectives.
Fiordaliso enumerated that the exploitation of the offshore wind energy projects through the State Agreement Approach would help New Jersey residents access clean energy while stimulating the elite people to bring in their projects for assessment and implementation. He added that the contract would help Governor Murphy ensure the state is ready to become a clean energy state in the next three decades.
The chief executive of PJM, Manu Asthana, revealed that the State Agreement Approach was a general plan to cover diverse energy strategies and policies that New Jersey can consider in its race to transition to clean energy. Asthana noted that a plan is a useful tool in ensuring that experts are absorbed into the industry and explore the expansion of the offshore wind energy concepts and projects.
Additionally, the State Agreement Approach will enumerate the most affordable strategies that the state can implement. Moreover, the experts will find ways of installing the electricity infrastructure in an eco-friendly manner. Finally, the process of evaluating the consumer protection methods will keep the utility providers on toes and avoid unnecessary charges for the services they offer. Additionally, the contract will provide an option for upgrades and flexibility for changes.