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December 31, 2018

Three firms show interest in building wind energy turbines off New Jersey’s coast

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Wind turbines off the shores of Lincolnshire in England.

The view from the beach during your yearly trip to the Jersey Shore could look a bit different in decades to come.

A trio of firms have shown interest in building offshore wind-energy projects along the Garden State’s coast, according to the Associated Press

New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities said it received three bids last week from firms interested in building wind projects, the AP reported, but the board didn’t identify the companies.

The Danish wind company, Orsted, confirmed in a release that it had submitted a bid. Orsted said its project would power more than 500,000 homes.

According to the Associated Press, Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind has stated its interest in developing a project to generate up to 2,500 megawatts. It’s unclear whether the company, a joint venture between Shell and EDF Renewables North America, is one of the three bidders.

In September, the Board of Public Utilities gave the green light to opening applications for solicitations of 1,100 megawatt (or larger) offshore wind projects, which would allow developers seeking to build offshore wind facilities in federal waters.

U.S. Wind, a Maryland-headquartered renewable energy development firm, holds a lease for a future project off New Jersey’s coast which the firm believes would generate 1,500 megawatts.

Rhode Island is the only state currently utilizing offshore wind-energy projects. The Block Island Wind Farm, a 30 megawatt project, began operation in December 2016

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