US Clears Third Commercial-Scale Offshore Wind Farm to Start Construction

July 7, 2023

Source: ROI-NJ


Ocean Wind 1 by Ørsted, New Jersey’s first offshore wind farm, took a huge step Wednesday.

Ørsted announced receipt of its Record of Decision from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (known as BOEM), successfully reaching a major milestone in the federal environmental review process.

With the Record of Decision, Ocean Wind 1 will soon move from the development and permitting phase to the construction phase, with onshore activities beginning in the fall, including the project’s onshore underground transmission line and onshore substations.

About Ocean Wind 1

Developed by Ørsted, Ocean Wind 1 is an 1,100-megawatt project located approximately 15 miles off the coast of southern New Jersey. The project will generate enough electricity to provide 500,000 homes with clean, renewable energy. Ocean Wind 1 is expected to begin commercial operations, delivering clean energy to New Jersey, in 2025.

BOEM’s issuance of the Record of Decision precedes the anticipated approval of Ocean Wind 1’s Construction and Operations Plan in September.

The COP outlines the detailed construction, operation and maintenance activities of a wind farm, including the responsible decommissioning at end of life, the potential impacts, actions and design alternatives, and the proposed measures to avoid, minimize and mitigate potential impacts from the project.

Read more: Ocean Wind 1 offshore wind project takes huge step forward, could begin onshore construction activities in fall