WHAT TO WATCH IN OFFSHORE WIND
UNION OF INDUSTRY TITANS
One of the largest international offshore wind firms, the Danish company Ørsted, chose a subsidiary of one of the largest American manufacturing firms, GE Renewable Energy, as its preferred turbine supplier for two offshore wind farms: one in New Jersey, the 1,100 MW Ocean Wind; and one in Maryland, the 120 MW Skipjack. The agreement means that Ørsted is set to use GE Renewable Energy’s huge Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbines at the projects. This represents the first commercial deployment of the Haliade-X 12 MW, one of the largest turbines on the market, as well as two industry titans uniting under the umbrella of renewable offshore wind energy. The deployment is subject a final agreed and signed contract and project approvals.These projects represent Ørsted’s third foray into the start-up American wind energy market.
Governor Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities have already approved and developed plans for the largest U.S. wind-energy farm – costing $1.6 billion wind and set about 15 miles off the coast of Atlantic City. The plan and farm are known as Ocean Wind and was put forth by Danish energy company Ørsted. The plan calls for a 1,110-megawatt offshore wind farm supported by PSEG Power. Construction is expected to start in 2022 or 2023, with the first phase to come online in 2024.
More development of offshore wind and other renewable energies are expected with New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan soon to be finalized, due to the plan’s direction and reliance on renewable energy for New Jersey’s energy future.
New York State is pursuing partnerships with Ireland and Denmark through two separate memoranda of understanding to facilitate improved electric infrastructure and the advancement of more renewable energy sources, including offshore wind. The agreement with Ireland’s electric operator lays out plans to model, create, and test new energy systems as part of a collaboration with the New York Power Authority, the Electricity Supply Board (a state-owned Irish utility), EirGrid Group (a state-owned Irish electric power transmission operator), and the Electric Power Research Institute (a U.S.-based nonprofit).
The second agreement expands the
established offshore wind development and procurement partnership between
the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the Danish
Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate. Knowledge exchanged between the two
organizations will now include areas such as infrastructure, supply chain,
workforce development and procurement. This partnership will build upon the foundation
of the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan, released in 2018, and further
build on the Governor’s Climate Leadership and Protection Act – mandating 100%
carbon-free power in New York by 2040 – and the mandate of 9 GW of offshore
wind by 2035.