The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJ BPU) has selected the Copenhagen-headquartered engineering, design and consulting firm Ramboll to coordinate and facilitate the development of the state’s Offshore Wind (OSW) Strategic Plan.
The OSW Strategic Plan will guide the New Jersey State towards the goal set out by Governor Phil Murphy of developing 3,500MW of offshore wind capacity by 2030.
Ramboll will lead a team that includes Stantec Consulting Services Inc., Rutgers Energy Institute Wind Group, BVG Associates LLC, the Business Network for Offshore Wind, InGroup Inc., and Endeavor Fisheries.
“Ramboll has been leading the industry since it began in Denmark in 1986 and developed across Europe and into the U.S. Many lessons have been learned from Europe that can be applied to the U.S. market, but only with a strong understanding of the local environment, and the energy generation and usage markets,'' Allan DeLorme, Americas President of Ramboll’s Environment & Health business, said.
''Together, this team is uniquely suited to help New Jersey develop a smart and effective OSW Strategic Plan that meets the needs and addresses the concerns of all constituents, while ensuring that the State achieves its goal of being a leader in the U.S. offshore wind market.”
The US offshore wind market is expected to grow from 30MW in 2018 to more than 14GW in the next ten years, Ramboll said.
Centrally positioned along the US East Coast, the state is a potentially attractive location for offshore wind manufacturers and suppliers, according to Ramboll.