Offshore wind developer Attentive Energy, a subsidiary of TotalEnergies Renewables USA and financial services company Macquarie, has submitted a bid to build an offshore wind farm off the coast of New Jersey.
Attentive submitted the bid to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities’ third offshore wind solicitation offering. If awarded, the proposed wind farm, named the Attentive Energy Two project, is expected to supply New Jersey with more than 1.3GW of wind power, the company said in a press statement.
The project will lay in federal waters approximately 42 miles east of Seaside Heights and could power more than 600,000 homes.
Attentive Energy also plans to establish an offshore wind tower manufacturing facility at the New Jersey Wind Port. The proposed wind farm could strengthen the Wind Port’s position as a platform for US offshore wind production.
The company also announced investments in steel pipe manufacturer EEW’s monopile facility in Paulsboro, which is expected to support future projects across the US East Coast.
“We are excited that Attentive Energy has shown a strong interest to support EEW AOS’s Phase 3 at the Paulsboro monopile facility,” EEW CEO Lee Laurendeau said. “This will create hundreds of additional South Jersey manufacturing jobs beyond the current commitments with other offshore wind developers.”
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It has signed an agreement with five local unions to develop a Project Labour Agreement, further committing that the project’s construction work will be performed by union labour, the statement added.
“As a responsive and forward-thinking concept for offshore wind, this project puts community first on and off the shore. We are excited about the opportunity to work with New Jersey to help reach the state’s ambitious clean energy goals while driving economic growth,” said Damian Bednarz, managing director at Attentive Energy.
“The Attentive Energy Two proposal affirms our commitment to accelerate renewable energy and combat the climate crisis head-on in these crucial times,” he added.
The bid for the wind tender also includes up to $300m in community investments aimed at supporting a range of partners.
Investment in the US clean energy sector has increased rapidly over the past year as companies look to take advantage of the government’s Inflation Reduction Act, which seeks to boost funding for the country’s energy transition and domestic clean energy supply chains.