Governor Phil Murphy today directed the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) to launch New Jersey’s fourth offshore wind solicitation in early 2024. The move follows the decision by Danish company Orsted to abandon the project, despite billions of dollars in incentives.

“I have directed the BPU to take this action in recognition of the strong future of New Jersey’s offshore wind industry,” said Governor Murphy. 

“Today’s announcement affirms New Jersey’s commitment to offshore wind and to meeting Governor Murphy’s clean energy goals,” said NJBPU President Christine Guhl-Sadovy. “Offshore wind is vital to our clean energy economy and our efforts to mitigate climate change, and we are resolute in our efforts to ensure New Jersey realizes its benefits."

New Jersey’s fourth solicitation project awards are expected in early 2025.

The project faces strong pushback from conservatives, and groups who blame it for the deaths of an unprecedented umber of whales and sea mammals during the exploration phase.