EDF Renewables North America and Fishermen’s Energy have announced the submission of a joint petition for approval of the Nautilus offshore wind project, located in state waters off the coast of Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
In a statement the companies said that the 24 MW project “represents a crucial opportunity” for New Jersey state to take advantage of the benefits of the new offshore wind energy economy, such as local investment, jobs and new infrastructure.
In particular, the project would create a skilled workforce ready to “build gigawatts of wind projects off New Jersey’s coast and up and down the Atlantic coast”, EDF said. “These workers will be the first wave of the nearly 40 000 jobs that are expected to be created in the US, building the 8 GW of offshore wind that’s currently in the project pipeline,” it added.
The application shows “substantial net benefits” and includes plans for a laboratory for testing of new avian monitoring and marine mammal sensing technologies that will improve environmental management in New Jersey.
“New Jersey will realize considerable benefits by moving forward with a small-scale project first, similar to the benefits that New England reaped from moving forward with the Block Island project years ago,” EDF said. “Most importantly, the project will bring valuable lessons learned that will bring down the cost of future projects and position New Jersey to capture more economic value as the state continues to develop its most abundant natural energy resource.”