Pascrell leads New Jersey Democrats in backing offshore wind project

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Pascrell leads New Jersey Democrats in backing offshore wind project

Atlantic Shores development expected to power over 700,000 homes and create 22,000 jobs

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) this week led all Democratic members of the New Jersey congressional delegation to support the construction of two offshore wind power generation projects in off the coast of Garden State. Members stress the importance of these projects in pursuing New Jersey’s national leadership against climate change.

The letter is signed by Rep. Pascrell, Senator Robert Menendez, Senator Cory A. Booker, and Reps. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ-06), Albio Sires (D-NJ-08), Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ-10), Donald Norcross (D-NJ-01), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ-12), Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ-05), Andy Kim (D-NJ-03), Tom Malinowski (D-NJ-07) and Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ-11).

“We know that ‘once in a century’ storms are occurring with much greater frequency and continue to devastate homes and businesses across our state. Thanks to the leadership of Governor Phil Murphy and the Biden administration, we have a unique opportunity to reduce the emissions that drive climate change by deploying clean electricity and creating a new national industry with offshore wind energy,” members wrote to the Federal Office of Ocean Energy Management. The members continued to write that “Atlantic Shores Projects 1 and 2 are fully operational, more than 22,290 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs are expected to have been created. The creation of these jobs should be supported by collaborations between Atlantic Shores and the cooperative science, engineering, research and next-generation workforce training programs at Rutgers University, Rowan College and Stockton University. We support the Atlantic Shores 1 project as it is expected to power over 700,000 homes and are advised that there is a commitment to provide guaranteed local economic benefits of $848 million during the development and construction phase for New Jersey . Benefits estimated at NJ$1.896 billion are expected to be created over the life of this project, including indirect and induced benefits. Advancing the COP so these projects can move forward would create long-term, sustainable, renewable energy for New Jersey communities.

“Atlantic Shores is proud to help New Jersey become a national leader in the green economy by investing in local workforce training, utilizing local union labor and partnering with nearby schools to fund environmental research and education opportunities.said Jennifer Daniels, Director of Development at Atlantic Shores. “We are grateful for the support of Representative Pascrell, Senator Booker, Senator Menendez and other members of the delegation for our projects, and we look forward to working with the Biden-Harris administration to achieve their energy goals. offshore renewable.

Atlantic Shores plans to invest in the green economy by supporting workforce training and utilizing local union labor from six New Jersey unions, including the United States Regional Carpenters Council. Eastern Atlantic, Workers’ International Union of North America, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 456, Local 400 and Local 351, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825, Ironworkers International and Eastern Millwright Regional Council. Additionally, Atlantic Shores funds science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education programs, environmental conservation efforts, and research at major New Jersey academic institutions, including Rutgers University, Stockton University and Rowan College.

Representative Pascrell recently praised the auction off New Jersey and New York for generating clean energy for millions of people. Pascrell is the House’s lead sponsor of the Offshore Wind Incentive Act, which was included in the Futures Act and signed into law in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 in 2020. She offers an investment tax credit for offshore wind development. Pascrell also fought to include incentives for manufacturing offshore wind turbines in the Build Back Better bill passed by House. Additionally, he co-edited a letter in support of offshore wind development in the New York Bight.

The text of the members’ letter is below.

January 14, 2022

The Honorable Amanda Lefton

Director

Office of Ocean Energy Management

1849 C NW St.

Washington, D.C. 20240

Dear Manager Lefton:

We write as members of Congress who represent the great state of New Jersey in support of the construction and operating plan (COP) submitted by Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind (Atlantic Shores), for the development of two offshore wind energy in the southern part of lease area OCS-A 0499 (the lease area). We know that “once in a century” storms are occurring with much greater frequency and continue to devastate homes and businesses across our state. Thanks to the leadership of Governor Phil Murphy and the Biden administration, we have a unique opportunity to reduce the emissions that drive climate change by deploying clean electricity and creating a new national industry with offshore wind energy.

As you know, Atlantic Shores is a 50/50 joint venture between EDF Renewables and Shell Energies Nouvelles. The company has taken strong steps to prepare for this COP and inform the general public about how the company plans to build offshore wind turbines and interconnect to the onshore power grid. The proposed Atlantic Shores lease area is located on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in the New Jersey Wind Energy Area (NJWEA) which has been identified by BOEM as suitable for offshore renewable energy development under a multi-year public environmental review process. The COP covers Atlantic Shores Projects 1 and 2 (the Projects). Earlier this year, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJ BPU) awarded the Atlantic Shores 1 project an Offshore Renewable Energy Credit (OREC) allocation to supply 1,510 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind power to the State of New Jersey. Project 2 is also being developed to support future tenders. These projects are critical to ensuring the State of New Jersey meets its offshore wind development goal of 7,500 MW by 2035 and to meeting President Biden’s goal of 30,000 MW by 2030.

We support the COP because Atlantic Shores is committed to making New Jersey a national leader in the green economy by investing in workforce training and utilizing local union labor from six unions operating in our state, including the Regional Council of Carpenters, Laborers’ International Union of North America, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 456, Local 400 and Local 351, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825, Ironworkers International and Eastern Millwright Regional Council. Additionally, Atlantic Shores has demonstrated a commitment to our communities by funding science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education programs, environmental efforts, and research. at major New Jersey academic institutions including Rutgers University, Stockton University, and Rowan College.

We understand that once Atlantic Shores Projects 1 and 2 are fully operational, over 22,290 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs are expected to have been created. The creation of these jobs should be supported by collaborations between Atlantic Shores and the cooperative science, engineering, research and next-generation workforce training programs at Rutgers University, Rowan College and Stockton University.

We support the Atlantic Shores 1 project as it is expected to power over 700,000 homes and are advised that there is a commitment to provide guaranteed local economic benefits of $848 million during the development and construction phase for New Jersey . Benefits estimated at NJ$1.896 billion are expected to be created over the life of this project, including indirect and induced benefits. Advancing the COP so these projects can move forward would create long-term, sustainable, renewable energy for New Jersey communities.

Thank you very much for your time and attention to our request. We look forward to working together to ensure our country produces clean energy for future generations.

Truly,

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