Governor Murphy through Executive Order 28, established the goal of setting New Jersey on the path to 100% clean energy by 2050. Building upon that goal, in 2019, Executive Order #92 effectively raised New Jersey’s offshore wind goal from 3,500 megawatts by 2030 to 7,500 megawatts by 2035. On September 21, 2022, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order #307, increasing New Jersey’s offshore wind goal by nearly 50 percent to 11,000 megawatts (MW) by 2040. The Executive Order #307 also directs the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to study the feasibility of increasing the target further. Governor Murphy’s agenda enhances and expands already existing programs that advance renewable energy, improves energy efficiency, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, prepares the state for the impacts of climate change, and establishes a path forward to ensure New Jersey achieves its greenhouse gas emissions targets while improving resiliency for all communities throughout the State. DEP is now looking ahead to NJ’s 2050 Goal and accelerating its transition to a low carbon economy through reducing carbon pollution, expanding clean energy infrastructure and building resilient communities. Offshore Wind projects will deliver the clean, renewable energy generation needed to meet the State’s goals of 50 percent renewable energy by 2030 and a 100 percent clean energy economy by 2050.
“Offshore wind is a once-in-a-generation opportunity that allows us to protect our environment while significantly expanding and securing the state’s economy for the immediate and long term.”
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In consultation with NOAA Fisheries, the lead federal agency responsible for evaluating potential impacts to marine life and habitats from human activities in federal waters, DEP has been monitoring an unusual humpback whale mortality event that has been affecting Atlantic coast states.
Murphy Administration Announces Award of Funding for Offshore Wind Environmental Studies, Entry Into Regional Science Collaborative
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and New Jersey Board of Public Utilities today announced the award of funding for studies, and will release shortly a request for proposals, to provide enhanced scientific information on the impacts of offshore wind energy development off New Jersey’s coastline as well as the state’s entry into a regional offshore-wind science collaborative.
On September 21, 2022, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order #307, increasing New Jersey’s offshore wind goal by nearly 50 percent to 11,000 megawatts (MW) by 2040. The Executive Order #307, which increases the state’s current goal of 7,500 MW, also directs the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to study the feasibility of increasing the target further.
The New Jersey Wind Port is a 200+ acre transformative, hub-style marshalling and manufacturing port project that will serve offshore wind projects in New Jersey and the Mid-Atlantic.
The June 4, 2021 letter urges the Administration to build on the significant momentum to prioritize offshore wind development in the United States.
A schedule for offshore wind solicitations through 2028 has been released.
Executive Order #307 increases NJ’s goal of 7,500 megawatts (MW) by 2035 to 11,000 MW by 2040.
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is part of Governor Murphy’s goal to achieve 100% clean energy by 2050. RGGI aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climate impacts in New Jersey.