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Coastal Wind Link’s offshore grid design is scalable, as is New Jersey’s clean energy strategy (PSEG sponsored content)

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By Troy Patton, Program Delivery Manager, Ørsted Offshore North America

Clean energy history was made with the recent signing of the Inflation Reduction Act. His massive investment in climate and clean energy provides a solution that has huge benefits for our nation, especially more American jobs and American energy.

As the world leader in offshore wind energy, Ørsted brings decades of experience, valuable industry partnerships and unrivaled offshore wind energy expertise to every project. We have delivered over 28 offshore wind farms and 17 offshore transmission systems around the world. We are a trusted New Jersey partner, working to deliver the first of several offshore wind projects that will help the state meet its 2035 goal. We have partnered with PSEG, the highly respected New Jersey-based utility with extensive transmission experience and the highest reliability scores in the Mid-Atlantic region over the past 20 years to deliver the state’s first offshore wind farm, Ocean Wind 1. We have established ourselves in Newark with plans to open our North American IT headquarters this year, and we aim to open an operations and maintenance facility in Atlantic City this fall. We will be the first company to use the NJ Wind Port. Our investments in manufacturing at the Port of Paulsboro and our higher education partnerships with Rowan, Rutgers, Stockton, Montclair, Monmouth and NJIT demonstrate our long-term local commitment to the state.

In addition to our local Ocean Wind projects, we are once again partnering with PSEG on Coastal Wind Link to bring offshore wind to New Jersey homes and businesses. It is a unique design that would use an innovative “mesh network” offshore transmission design similar to well-developed onshore transmission networks. It routes power seamlessly to areas as needed and uses multiple interconnect points for reliability and resiliency, which are priorities for New Jersey executives and customers.

Consider mobile mapping apps like Google Maps or Waze that seamlessly redirect a traveler if a problem is detected, such as a road construction or traffic jam that adds time and frustration to the travel experience. This rerouting capability optimizes the traveler’s route by locating a real-time detour to their destination. It also alleviates additional congestion near the problem, redirecting more traffic to the area until the situation is resolved. The concept of Coastal Wind Link is very similar: by building an interconnected offshore grid, electricity can be redirected to where it is most needed onshore, at a specific time. It is a truly flexible and scalable system that avoids power outages and secures offshore power distribution at all times.

New Jersey’s pioneering transmission solicitation is paving the way for other states. New York’s recent offshore wind energy solicitation requires proposals to be “mesh-ready”. This requirement was based on recommendations from the New York State Power Grid Study, to facilitate a system that can grow over time and provide greater reliability and lower power prices. . New Jersey has positioned itself to be a strong regional and national leader by moving forward with this solicitation and pursuing comprehensive, long-term, cost-effective clean energy solutions for its residents.

We have a limited window of opportunity to accelerate the clean energy transition. The impacts of climate change have been seen across our 130-mile coastline: flooding, extreme heat, coastal erosion and historic storms like Hurricane Sandy in all of our communities. New Jersey, however, has long recognized the need for action. Thanks to aggressive clean energy goals, innovative regional transmission strategies, and leadership from Governor Murphy and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, the Garden State is poised to become a wind industry hub. offshore.

It takes visionary leadership to move this type of project forward, and New Jersey’s bold solicitation for a future transmission grid fits perfectly with Coastal Wind Link’s proposals. The Coastal Wind Link project team has the vital experience to build this type of project, avoid cost overruns and construction delays, and provide the most reliable and future-proof solution that meets ambitious energy goals. New Jersey’s own. For more information on the project, visit https://coastalwindlink.com.

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