TRENTON, N.J. (July 18, 2022) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s Board (NJEDA) has approved the purchase of a 109.4-acre property which will enable the planned expansion of the NJ Wind Port in Lower Alloways Creek, Salem County. The approval took place during last week’s Board meeting.

The New Jersey Wind Port is a first-in-the-nation infrastructure investment that will provide a location for essential staging, assembly, and manufacturing activities related to offshore wind projects on the East Coast. At full build-out, the Wind Port has the potential to create up to 1,500 manufacturing, assembly, and operations jobs and drive billions of dollars in economic growth back into the New Jersey economy.

Phase 1 of the Wind Port broke ground in September 2021 with marshalling activities due to commence in early 2024. The purchase of the 109.4-acre property from NDEV LLC, a subsidiary of PSEG Power, will enable Phase 2 of the project as proposed, expanding the Port’s total footprint to over 220 acres and enabling it to support marshalling of two wind projects concurrently as well as up to three co-located manufacturing facilities.

“Today’s approval is another major step forward for the New Jersey Wind Port and for delivering on Governor Murphy’s goal of making New Jersey the engine room of the U.S offshore wind supply chain,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “The ability to marshal two projects at once, with additional space for component manufacturing, will turbocharge job creation, opportunities for small businesses, and all forms of ancillary economic activity both locally and across the state.”

Sullivan added that expanded marshalling capacity will also help to alleviate the current shortfall in fit-for-purpose port capacity across the region, helping states up and down the U.S east coast to deliver on their wind targets on time and cost-effectively.

The 109.4-acre property is set directly north of property the NJEDA is leasing from PSEG Nuclear to develop Phase 1 of the NJ Wind Port. It is currently permitted as a confined disposal facility (CDF), with the permitting process to enable the Port’s expansion due to commence shortly. The purchase from NDEV LLC was for a negotiated price of $24.25 million.

The State of New Jersey is committed to constructing the New Jersey Wind Port using union labor and requires developers and contractors to pay prevailing wage. The State is also committed to setting a new standard for inclusion of women- and minority-owned businesses during construction of the New Jersey Wind Port. The NJEDA has established a requirement that at least 25 percent of subcontractors for the port construction are small businesses and at least 15 percent are women-, minority-, or veteran- owned. The project also includes worker diversity goals of 18 percent people of color and 6.9 percent women.

NJEDA expects to commence tenant selection for parcels of the property in the coming months.

About the New Jersey Economic Development Authority

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness. NJEDA is developing the Wind port on behalf of the State.
 
To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses call NJEDA Customer Care at 844-965-1125 or visit https://www.njeda.com and follow @NewJerseyEDA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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Parcel to be Purpose-built for Tier 1 wind component manufacturing, Co-located with a Marshaling Port and with Ready Access to East Coast Offshore Wind Sites

Trenton, N.J. (May 20, 2022) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today announced that it will shortly launch the next phase of its eagerly-anticipated tenant selection process for the New Jersey Wind Port. This phase will involve seeking offers from Tier 1 wind component manufacturers, such as blades, for an approximately 70-acre parcel of property at the Port.   

The New Jersey Wind Port, located on the Delaware River in Lower Alloways Creek, Salem County, will be a transformative, hub-style port serving offshore wind projects in New Jersey and up and down the U.S. East Coast. The Port is being developed by the NJEDA on behalf of the State and represents a new approach to economic development that will spur both job creation and opportunities for businesses throughout the offshore wind supply chain. It has the potential to create up to 1,500 manufacturing, assembly, and operations jobs, with wind projects supported by the Port driving billions more dollars in economic growth.

The Port is situated at the geographical center of the United States’ burgeoning offshore wind sector – with approximately 40 gigawatts (GW) of committed and planned offshore wind projects along the East Coast, including 7.5 GW of projects off the coast of New Jersey. The Port will offer offshore wind industry tenants the following key features:

  • Access to the Atlantic Ocean free of vertical restrictions;
  • Upland acreage purpose-built for marshalling and component manufacturing;
  • A wide approach channel from the main Delaware River Channel;
  • A purpose-built heavy-lift wharf, comprising both delivery and installation berths; and
  • Heavy-haul Road connections between inland port parcels and the Wharf.

The NJEDA will shortly seek non-binding offers from Tier 1 offshore wind component manufacturers, such as blades manufacturers, for an approximately 70-acre parcel at the Port. The parcel is currently undeveloped but is intended to be purpose-built for manufacturing and would adjoin a deep-water port. The parcel would be connected to two marshalling parcels via a purpose-built heavy-haul road corridor, providing unrivalled cost efficiencies for a manufacturer and their developer clients. The NJEDA anticipates that the parcel will be available for sublease from late-2026. A notice for the sublease of property will be issued in coming weeks and will be available at Bidding Opportunities – NJEDA.

“There is simply no better site to anchor an offshore wind manufacturing facility in the nation than at the New Jersey Wind Port, the nation’s only purpose-built greenfield wind port and epicenter of the nation’s fast emerging wind supply chain hub,” said NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan. “For a manufacturer, being co-located with two marshalling parcels means significantly lower logistics costs, a win for industry and a win for energy consumers. At the same time, being part of the nation’s supply chain hub means ready access to a growing ecosystem of tier two suppliers across Southern New Jersey and throughout the state.”

Home to a high concentration of skilled labor, a well-established maritime industry and workforce, and a network of highly-regarded colleges and universities, New Jersey is ideally-placed to drive the development of the offshore wind industry in the United States.

“Manufacturing critical components of the offshore wind supply chain here in New Jersey will not only benefit our own offshore wind projects, but the entire industry up and down the East Coast,” said New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) President Joseph L. Fiordaliso. “By diversifying the manufacturing opportunities available, we will bring more jobs and economic development opportunities to the Garden State as we work to achieve Governor Murphy’s goal of 7.5 GW by 2035.”

Last fall, Governor Phil Murphy led the celebration for the New Jersey Wind Port’s groundbreaking, alongside Federal Secretary of Labor, Martin J. Walsh and a host of state and local officials. The event also included the signing of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA), with the State committed to using union labor to construct the Port and to setting a new standard for inclusion of minority and women workers and business owners.

Governor Murphy announced last month that the NJEDA and Orsted North America had executed a letter of intent (LOI) for Orsted to marshal its Ocean Wind 1 project from the Port. As part of its bid to the NJBPU Orsted had proposed to marshal Ocean Wind from an interstate port, with its commitment to instead use the Wind Port creating over 200 pre-assembly, load out and stevedoring jobs in New Jersey that would otherwise have been lost to other states.

Core construction of the Wind Port commenced in January of this year, with the first phase of the Port due to reach completion in early 2024.

Further information on the Port is available at: https://www.nj.gov/windport/.

About the NJEDA

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

To learn more about state resources available to New Jersey entrepreneurs and early-stage companies, visit https://www.njeda.com and follow @NewJerseyEDA on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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Agreement with Salem County Vocational Technical School will help prepare local workers for offshore wind opportunities

Trenton, N.J. (April 14, 2022) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) received approval from its Board yesterday to enter an agreement with Salem County Vocational Technical School (SCVTS) that will support the expansion of the school’s offshore wind-related painting and welding programs. Under the agreement, the NJEDA will provide up to $200,000 to support the expansion of programs that will prepare students and workers for jobs in heavy steel offshore wind component manufacturing.

“NJEDA’s support of offshore wind programs at SCVTS is part of our efforts to ensure New Jersey’s pipeline of skilled workers keeps pace with growing demand from the high-growth offshore wind industry,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “This focus on offshore wind education supports Governor Phil Murphy’s vision for New Jersey as a global leader in the industry, and also advances his goal of a stronger and fairer economy by creating equitable educational and career opportunities.”

The NJEDA will help to fund equipment, materials, instructor time, and other expenses required to train secondary and post-secondary students for the specific skills required for large scale steel component manufacturing. This agreement complements an similar agreement between NJEDA and Gloucester County Institute of Technology (GCIT) announced in December 2021.

“Since the beginning of this process, the NJEDA has been committed to making sure that Salem County residents are given the opportunity for employment at the Wind Port facility.” Said Salem County Commissioner Director, Ben Laury. “The Board of Commissioners is pleased to see that commitment manifest in an investment for SCVTS and its students.”

“NJEDA’s commitment to funding these growing programs is an investment in the future of our local workforce,” said SCVTS Superintendent John Swain. “Training and reskilling workers will prepare them for high-quality offshore wind career opportunities that will sustain our families and communities well into the future.”

“This agreement will result in opportunities for high school students and adult learners to gain the specialized skills needed for jobs in the offshore wind large-scale steel component manufacturing sector,” said Jen Becker, Managing Director of Wind Institute Development. “We’re really excited to launch these programs in the coming months.”

This agreement utilizes funding from memorandum of understanding between NJEDA and the NJ Board of Public Utilities to support offshore wind training and research initiatives.

About the NJEDA

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

To learn more about state resources available to New Jersey entrepreneurs and early-stage companies, visit https://www.njeda.com and follow @NewJerseyEDA on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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Initiatives Will Create Offshore Wind Fellowship Program and Support Universities to Deepen Industry Expertise

TRENTON, N.J. (March 31, 2022) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced plans to provide a total of more than $1 million to Rutgers University, Rowan University, Montclair State University, and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) to advance academic research and investment in offshore wind workforce training. Specifically, the NJEDA Board authorized staff to enter into memoranda of understanding with the universities to develop both the NJ Wind Institute Fellowship Program (Fellowship Program) and the University Initiatives to Advance Offshore Wind (University Initiatives).

In its pilot year, the Fellowship Program is expected to support 24 graduate and undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines with stipends and resources as they conduct independent research on topics that will further offshore wind development in New Jersey. Selected students will participate as a cohort in workshops, site visits, and guest lectures with industry stakeholders and have the chance to present their research to government, academic and industry experts at the end of their Fellowship.

The University Initiatives will be designed to provide long-term, industry valued expertise for students, faculty, and staff. Potential initiatives can include new curriculum development, pre- and post-doctoral student positions, faculty training in offshore wind, or other activities that support offshore wind learning.

Both the Fellowship Program and University Initiatives are expected to begin this year. Students interested in learning more about these programs should contact their university’s career services office.

Governor Phil Murphy recently proposed dedicating $5 million in funding for the NJ Wind Institute for Innovation and Training in the state’s 2023 Fiscal Year Budget.

“Our partnership with these four leading New Jersey research institutions will ensure that the Garden State’s offshore wind sector is best positioned for growth and industry leadership,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “The Governor’s allocation for the NJ Wind Institute for Innovation and Training in the upcoming budget serves as a testament to the state’s commitment to accelerating economic growth, meeting our clean energy goals, and investing in a robust, diverse, and experienced workforce.”

Managing Director of Wind Institute Development Jenifer Becker echoed Sullivan’s sentiments about the benefits the Fellowship Program and University Initiatives will have on New Jersey’s economy.   

“These initiatives will allow us to capitalize on one of New Jersey’s greatest assets – its research universities – to build a pipeline of industry experts in the offshore wind sector,” said Jen Becker, Managing Director of Wind Institute Development. “This pool of trained talent will be a vital resource as New Jersey continues on its path toward becoming a global leader in this high-growth industry. We look forward to working in collaboration with the Legislature to establish the Wind Institute.”   

The NJEDA will utilize funding from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) to fund both the Fellowship Program and the University Initiatives.

“New Jersey has made significant strides in leveraging the state’s knowledge and talent to fuel the clean technology economy under Governor Murphy’s leadership,” said New Jersey Board of Public Utilities President Joseph L. Fiordaliso. “Today’s announcement will directly strengthen New Jersey’s research and development initiatives, while expanding its offshore wind workforce.”

The New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education has been a key partner to the NJEDA in its work to ensure that students and workers have the tools they need to compete for offshore wind jobs.

“Under Governor Murphy’s leadership, New Jersey continues to invest in higher education programs and partnerships that spur innovation and increase access to opportunity for students of all backgrounds,” said Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Brian Bridges. “The NJ Wind Institute will utilize the talents of our students, faculty, and research institutions to further develop New Jersey as a national leader in offshore wind.”

Each university will play a unique role in the development and implementation of the Fellowship and/or Initiative announced today.

“The collaboration with NJEDA and the NJ Wind Institute on the fellowship program will advance educational and scientific research opportunities for our students and faculty as they work to improve both the economy and our environment,” said Rutgers University President Jonathan Holloway. “As home to the New Jersey Clean Energy Resource Network, Rutgers remains committed to ensuring that businesses in the clean energy sector can grow and prosper in New Jersey.”

“Higher education must adapt quickly to not only meet the needs of this generation, but the generations to follow,” said Rowan University President Ali A. Houshmand. “Investing in sustainability education through our partnership with NJEDA and the NJ Wind Institute ensures that Rowan University students and our faculty can play a prominent role in reshaping the future of our state and planet.”

“Montclair State University – with its deep commitment to serving the public interest and advancing student success – has an opportunity to define the future,” said Montclair State University President Jonathan Koppell. “This collaboration with the NJEDA and the NJ Wind Institute will build on the great work being done by our Clean Energy and Sustainability Analytics Center and provide our students, faculty, and staff with the resources required to continue engaging in bold, imaginative research projects dedicated to bettering our environment.”

“NJIT remains dedicated to prioritizing research and creating opportunities that benefit the public sector,” said NJIT President Joel S. Bloom. “NJIT is proud to partner with NJEDA and the NJ Wind Institute as we work together to fund, develop, and cultivate research projects that grow New Jersey’s offshore wind sector, further economic opportunity and social mobility, and better our environment for generations to come.” 

About the New Jersey Economic Development Authority

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses call NJEDA Customer Care at 844-965-1125 or visit https://www.njeda.com and follow @NewJerseyEDA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

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TRENTON, N.J. (January 12, 2022) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking a qualified entity to conduct a feasibility study for a world-class, flagship offshore wind research and development (R&D) testing facility as part of the Authority’s strategy to accelerate innovation for the offshore wind industry. The Offshore Wind Innovation Center Feasibility Study RFP can be found here.

The NJEDA, in support of the development of the Wind Institute, is seeking to secure the Garden State’s position as a leader in offshore wind technology research and innovation through this development to capitalize on New Jersey’s offshore wind investments and spur a robust ecosystem of offshore wind-related innovation activities. The firm selected through the RFP issued today will be responsible for providing the background review and market analysis, feasibility analysis, and implementation plans for this facility.

“Under Governor Murphy’s leadership, New Jersey is on track to become the capital of American offshore wind,” NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan said. “The Innovation Center will be instrumental in ensuring that New Jersey leads on world-renowned offshore wind technology research and innovation and harnesses the environmental and economic benefits of the rapidly growing offshore wind sector.”

New Jersey has a rich history of developing advanced, world-renowned R&D facilities including: the legendary Bell Labs in Murray Hill and Holmdel; the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory; the William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic County; the Federal Aviation Administration’s premiere scientific research, development, engineering, and test site; and, the Coriell Institute for Medical Research in Camden, the largest stem cell bank in the world. The Authority considers the proposed offshore wind R&D facility to be a signature investment at a similar scale.

“We applaud EDA for issuing this RFP to determine the feasibility of an offshore wind innovation center,” said NJBPU President Joseph L. Fiordaliso. “Offshore wind is a key initiative of the Murphy Administration with a goal of 7.500 of offshore wind energy by 2035. At present we are more than halfway to that goal. We are looking forward to issuing our third solicitation later this year for applications that, if granted, will allow us to get closer to reaching our ultimate goal.”

New Jersey is a national leader in offshore wind with over 3,700 megawatts (MW) in the works, out of a targeted 7,500 MW by 2035. Further commitments by leading global industry firms to produce critical supply chain components in the Garden State, such as monopiles and nacelles will translate to direct and distinct opportunities for wind turbine component, subcomponent, and material innovation to flourish in New Jersey and for local suppliers to enter the offshore wind supply chain as mid- and lower-tier suppliers.

The Authority envisions the offshore wind R&D facility as a physical anchoring asset for testing, validating, and refining emerging technological and component innovations that demonstrate promise for the offshore wind market. New Jersey and the NJEDA, in support of the development of the Wind Institute, seek to achieve the following goals through this investment:

  1. Propel New Jersey forward as the U.S. East Coast hub for world-renowned offshore wind technology research and innovation;
  2. Support and foster emerging innovations and solutions to offshore wind market challenges and opportunities;
  3. Incentivize clustering and anchoring of offshore wind research and innovation investments and activities around and near this proposed facility and/or in the state;
  4. Leverage existing facilities and assets in New Jersey in developing this facility and clustering opportunities;
  5. Capitalize on New Jersey’s existing expertise and reputation for research and innovation across multiple sectors such as clean tech, information technology and life sciences; and
  6. Support opportunities for New Jersey-based businesses to expand and/or transition their product or service offerings for utilization in the offshore wind supply chain.

The estimated dates below are provided to interested Proposers for planning purposes only and do not represent firm commitment dates by which NJEDA will take action.

Key events:

  • Question and Answer Period Ends: January 24, 2022 at 1:00 PM (EST).
  • If required, Addendum with Q&A Responses, estimated: January 31, 2022.
  • Proposals Due: February 23, 2022 at or before 1:00 PM (EST).
  • Estimated Recommendation for Award: June 8, 2022.
  • Agreement Execution Date: July 8, 2022.

The intent of this RFP is to award one, five-month contract for an offshore wind innovation center feasibility study, with one, three-month extension option, if deemed necessary by the Authority and dependent upon funding, to the responsible Proposer whose Proposal, conforming to this RFP is most advantageous to the Authority, price and other factors considered.

NJEDA will not provide special consideration after responses to this RFP are opened.

About the New Jersey Economic Development Authority

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses call NJEDA Customer Care at 609-858-6767 or visit https://www.njeda.com and follow @NewJerseyEDA on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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Trenton, N.J. (December 20, 2021) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) and the Gloucester County Institute of Technology (GCIT) today announced plans to enter a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support the expansion of the GCIT’s welding and painting programs. Through the MOU, the NJEDA will provide up to $75,000 for programs that prepare students and workers for jobs in heavy steel offshore wind component manufacturing. Supported by funding from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU), this MOU is aligned with the creation of the Wind Institute which will accelerate offshore wind workforce development and innovation in New Jersey.

“Job creation in the high-growth offshore wind industry has been a priority for Governor Phil Murphy and cultivating a pipeline of skilled workers is vital to achieving that goal,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “This MOU is latest in a series of bold steps the NJEDA is taking to establish New Jersey as a hub for offshore wind manufacturing.”

“Investing in the future of the offshore wind industry is just as important as investing in the education to create skilled employees,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney. “The partnership with NJEDA allows the school to tailor their program to fit the skills necessary to work in this industry. The goal is to educate our students so they can find employment at Paulsboro Marine Terminal, located only 20 minutes from their high school.”

GCIT, a four-year vocational-technical public high school in Sewell, New Jersey is collaborating with EEW American Offshore Structures (EEW), a leading manufacturer of offshore wind monopile foundations, to expand and tailor its welding and painting programs. GCIT students will learn the specific job skills required by EEW and other large scale offshore wind turbine component manufacturers.

In December 2020, EEW announced a $250 million investment in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility to build steel components, known as monopiles. These monopile will be used as foundations for offshore wind turbines across the Eastern Seaboard. The facility, which is located at the Paulsboro Marine Terminal in Gloucester County, is the largest industrial offshore wind investment in the United States to date. Construction on the facility broke ground earlier this year and hiring of specialized welders and painters will begin by the end of next year.

“Gloucester County is a leader in job innovation and prioritizes creating opportunity for individuals to learn the skills necessary to excel in their future careers,” said Robert M. Damminger, Director of the Gloucester County Board of Commissioners. “Strong partnerships between the County, GCIT, Rowan College of South Jersey and Rowan University is the reason Gloucester County is the fastest growing county in New Jersey and will continue to add talented, hard-working and successful applicants into the career pool.”

“MOUs provide critical access to funding and opportunity which allows programs like GCIT’s to create incredible future employees,” said Commissioner Lyman Barnes, Gloucester County Liaison to the Department of Education. “Our welding and painting programs at GCIT were already impressive, but this will create another level of professional enhancement for our students.”

“We are excited to enter into this partnership and look forward to providing this training to current and future secondary and post-secondary students,” said GCIT Superintendent Michael C. Dicken. “This MOU, coupled with our centralized location near the Port of Paulsboro, will enable us to enhance our partnership with Rowan College of South Jersey, Rowan University, and other vocational technical schools in our region to build capacity and develop programs related to the wind sector.”

EEW anticipates hiring hundreds of workers for the project, the majority of which will be welders and painters. Job skills learned through the expansion of GCIT’s welding and painting programs will position GCIT graduates as attractive candidates for jobs at the Paulsboro Marine Terminal as well as other large scale component manufacturing facilities as the industry grows in New Jersey.

“Workforce development and skills training are critical, as we look to staff our new offshore wind factory in Paulsboro,” EEW CEO Lee Laurendeau said. “The collaboration with industry, education and government is necessary to realize the hundreds of clean energy manufacturing jobs in South Jersey. EEW would like to thank their partners, knowing that this is the beginning of an entirely new industry being brought to the State of New Jersey.”

EEW and GCIT have already made commitments to support the expansion of these programs, including securing donated welding equipment from welding manufacturer Lincoln Electric that will be used in production. Welding for these offshore wind tower foundations occurs onshore in fabrication facilities using specialized machines and welding consumables. To support these technical needs of this project, Lincoln Electric will also be conducting a “Train the Trainer” program for GCIT and other regional vocational school welding instructors focused on the primary welding processes and materials used in production. The training program offered will focus on theory and will provide hands-on experience using Lincoln Electric’s equipment and welding consumables used to weld these large foundations together. This training program will expose local students to the technology necessary to be productive employees in the offshore wind industry. 

The NJEDA’s financial support will help GCIT secure additional specialized equipment and materials, fund instructor time for additional evening/weekend classes that will train adults, and market and promote these programs to attract a diverse array of participants.

Congressman Donald Norcross, who has been a strong proponent of New Jersey’s burgeoning offshore wind industry, welcomed the news of the MOU and applauded the impact it will have on the South Jersey’s economy.

“The offshore wind industry will provide long-term, family-sustaining careers for a new generation of workers in South Jersey,” Congressman Norcross said. “As the product of a registered apprenticeship, I know firsthand how valuable these educational opportunities are. This partnership will fill a demand for highly-skilled welders and painters in the offshore wind industry, which is quickly establishing itself as a powerful force for economic growth in South Jersey. This is another example of how renewable energy and jobs go hand-in-hand.”

Paulsboro Mayor Gary Stevenson echoed Congressman Norcross’s sentiments and noted that positive impact the expansion of GCIT’s welding and painting programs will have on Paulsboro residents.

“As Mayor of Paulsboro, and on behalf of the governing officials and our residents, we are very excited to hear about the progress being made on the beginning of the process to hire and train people, especially local residents, to work at the Port of Paulsboro,” Mayor Stevenson said. “There is much anticipation throughout on hearing the news. This is a huge step in getting folks good paying jobs, and hopefully buying homes and living in Paulsboro. This will have a huge POSITIVE impact on which our community and other local business’s will benefit greatly. This day has been a long time coming and we stand ready to assist in any way. I look forward to working with EEW, NJEDA, & GCIT officials in their efforts to begin the process of hiring and training of workers.”

These efforts complement awards earlier this year by the NJEDA to Rowan College of South Jersey to establish an offshore wind turbine technician training program and to Atlantic Cape Community College to establish an industry-recognized Global Wind Organization (GWO) safety training program and facility.  The GWO facility will prepare New Jersey workers for jobs in the state’s growing offshore wind industry. Like the MOU announced today, these initiatives were funded by the NJBPU.

“New Jersey is emerging as a leader in offshore wind supply chain thanks to both the leadership of Governor Murphy and the collective efforts of industry leaders and other stakeholders working to put the Garden State at the forefront of this vital sector,” said NJBPU President Joseph L. Fiordaliso. “Funding critical programs such as the one GCIT is creating strengthens our ability to ensure New Jerseyans have the tools they need compete for the jobs of tomorrow.”

About the New Jersey Economic Development Authority

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.


About GCIT

The Gloucester County Institute of Technology (GCIT) offers educational opportunities for Gloucester County high school students with a focus on becoming college and career ready. The school is a full-time, four-year comprehensive high school. The programs afford students a well-rounded experience with a full complement of extracurricular activities and athletics. 
 
To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses call NJEDA Customer Care at 609-858-6767 or visit https://www.njeda.com and follow @NewJerseyEDA on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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Trenton, N.J. (December 3, 2021) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today announced that applications are open for the Offshore Wind Tax Credit Program as updated by the New Jersey Economic Recovery Act (ERA) and P.L. 2021, c. 160. With an overall budget of up to $350 million, the program provides tax credits, often up to 40-60 percent of the qualified capital investments made by a business in a qualified wind energy facility that will be employing at least 150 new, full-time employees.

“Between the New Jersey Wind Port, new offshore wind workforce development programs, and Governor Phil Murphy’s dedication to growing a greener, fairer New Jersey, the Garden State is quickly emerging as the American capital of offshore wind,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “The Offshore Wind Tax Credit is a powerful financial tool that will complement these efforts by enabling global offshore wind companies to make the decision to locate, invest, hire, and most importantly, build a local supply chain here in New Jersey.”

Offshore wind is one of the high-growth, high-wage sectors the State identified in Governor Murphy’s Economic Development Plan and is a central component of Governor Murphy’s Energy Master Plan to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2050. As part of that plan, New Jersey has committed to producing 7,500 megawatts of offshore wind energy by 2035.

To achieve these goals, the Governor has taken a comprehensive approach to establishing New Jersey as a global hub of offshore wind. In September, the State broke ground on the New Jersey Wind Port, a first-in-the-nation infrastructure investment that will provide a location for essential staging, assembly, and manufacturing activities related to offshore wind projects on the East Coast that has potential to create up to 1,500 manufacturing, assembly, and operations jobs and drive billions of dollars in economic growth. Through the Wind Institute, and in collaboration with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU), the NJEDA has also awarded nearly $4 million to community colleges throughout the state to support safety training and turbine technician training programs.

The Offshore Wind Tax Credit complements these efforts by providing tax incentives to support businesses making investments in qualified wind energy facilities. Eligible applicants can receive tax credits, often up to 40-60 percent of a project’s qualified capital investments, which can be applied against corporate business tax or insurance premiums.  Tax credits are released in increments of 20 percent of the total credit amount per year for five years. Businesses can also sell their tax credits for at least 75 percent of the credit amount.

To receive tax credits, businesses must meet minimum capital investment and job creation requirements. In line with the NJEDA’s commitment to fiscal responsibility, projects must demonstrate that as a result of the capital investment and the resultant job creation, the State of New Jersey will receive at least 110 percent of the total tax credit amount over a 5-year period. Applicants may request an extended net-benefit period of up to 20 years if they can present verifiable evidence of a longer company commitment to the state.

More information about the Offshore Wind Tax Credit, including detailed eligibility criteria, is available at https://www.njeda.com/offshorewindtaxcredit/.

Applications for the Offshore Wind Tax Credit are now open and will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program cap is reached. Businesses interested in applying for the program should contact offshorewindtaxcredit@njeda.com.

About the New Jersey Economic Development Authority
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses call NJEDA Customer Care at 609-858-6767 or visit https://www.njeda.com and follow @NewJerseyEDA on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 1, 2021) – The New Jersey Wind Port has been awarded the “Strategic Infrastructure Project of the Year” award at CG/LA Infrastructure’s 13th Annual North America Infrastructure Leadership Forum. This award, together with the significant interest from global companies in leasing space at the Wind Port, confirms the offshore wind industry’s strong and sustained interest in partnering with the State to turn New Jersey into an internationally recognized offshore wind hub that will drive economic growth and job creation for decades to come.

“The New Jersey Wind Port is a transformative project that will provide immediate environmental and economic benefits and set New Jersey on a path to a more sustainable and prosperous future,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “This award and the demonstrable interest the wind industry has already shown in the project once again confirm New Jersey as the capital of offshore wind in the United States.”

“The New Jersey Wind Port is a forward-thinking project that will move us closer to Governor Murphy’s vision for a stronger, fairer New Jersey and cement New Jersey’s position as the U.S. capital of offshore wind,” said New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “The Strategic Infrastructure Project of the Year award recognizes this project’s transformative potential, and the significant interest from global leaders in the wind industry shows that our strategy for growing this industry in New Jersey is working.”

“CG/LA Infrastructure is honored to present the NJEDA with 2021 Strategic Project of the Year Award for the New Jersey Wind Port. With 55% of the vote, the project was selected over the SOO Green HVDC Link, the Northeast Maglev, and Clean Path NY, which were each nominated from the 2021 North American Strategic100 Top Infrastructure Projects List. As the first greenfield offshore wind port in the US under construction and given the project’s strategic place in the nascent industry’s supply chain, we celebrate the project’s milestones thus far and look forward to celebrating future phases of development!” said Colin Whelan, Director of Projects, CG/LA Infrastructure.

Offshore wind is a central component of Governor Murphy’s Energy Master Plan to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2050. As part of that plan, New Jersey has committed to producing 7,500 megawatts of offshore wind energy by 2035.

The New Jersey Wind Port is a first-in-the-nation infrastructure investment that will provide a location for essential staging, assembly, and manufacturing activities related to offshore wind projects on the East Coast. At full build-out, the Wind Port has the potential to create up to 1,500 manufacturing, assembly, and operations jobs and drive billions of dollars in economic growth.

The NJEDA recently announced that six leading offshore wind developers and manufacturers have submitted 16 non-binding offers to sublease space at the Wind Port that NJEDA staff have preliminarily determined to be compliant. All bidders put in multiple offers encompassing different parcels, project configurations, and levels of investments.

CG/LA Infrastructure is the authority on infrastructure strategy and project development. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., CG/LA advises senior-level leaders, policymakers, investors, and infrastructure project developers from more than 20 countries across the public-private spectrum. The North America Strategic Infrastructure Leadership Forum is a two-day conference featuring more than fifty infrastructure projects and 500 infrastructure executives. The forum is not sector-specific and features projects from highways and bridges to urban mass transit and energy.

More information about the New Jersey Wind Port is available at https://nj.gov/windport.

About the New Jersey Economic Development Authority

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses call NJEDA Customer Care at 609-858-6767 or visit https://www.njeda.com and follow @NewJerseyEDA on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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TRENTON, N.J. (October 28, 2021) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) has received 16 non-binding offers to become tenants at the New Jersey Wind Port from six of the largest turbine manufacturers and offshore wind developers in the world. The offers were made in response to a recent Notice for Sublease of Property. This solicitation result confirms the offshore wind industry’s strong and sustained interest in partnering with the State to turn the New Jersey Wind Port into an internationally recognized offshore wind hub that will drive economic growth and job creation in South Jersey and throughout the Garden State.

“The New Jersey Wind Port is a game-changing investment that establishes New Jersey as the capital of offshore wind in the United States,” said Governor Phil Murphy, “The overwhelming response to this early opportunity to lease space at the Wind Port from the biggest global players in offshore wind shows that we are already well on our way to achieving this vision and driving economic growth that firmly aligns with our environmental goals.”

“I am not surprised that many of the most successful offshore wind manufacturers and developers in the world want to join us in this project,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney. “We have captured the world’s attention with a Wind Port that will be the nation’s first onshore site built with the purpose of servicing an offshore wind industry. It will position South Jersey at the epicenter of the emerging industry for wind farms off the Jersey Shore and along the entire Atlantic Seaboard. The economic benefits will be significant and long lasting. This project will create hundreds of construction jobs, support thousands of ancillary jobs, and generate $500 million in annual economic activity. It didn’t happen by accident. This is the realization of a vision that has been more than a decade in the making, going back to our Offshore Wind Economic Development Act of 2010. It was an investment in New Jersey’s future that capitalized on our strengths, including a highly skilled workforce and an effective transportation infrastructure, and our willingness to invest in the evolving clean energy sector.  It is an investment in New Jersey’s future that will put our state in the forefront of a new industry that will offer expanding opportunities for generations to come.”

“We have taken significant steps to competitively and sustainably position New Jersey for the economy of the future,” said Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin. “Our state’s commitment to clean, renewable energy with our investment in offshore wind is just one key example of this bold and ambitious leadership. News from the NJEDA of several global leaders in offshore wind bidding to develop our nation’s largest port makes it is clear New Jersey has captured the world’s attention, and with that we are confident we will move forward with a development plan that best prioritizes the interests of our diverse communities.”

“I am pleased that so many offshore wind energy companies – including some of the largest in the world – have expressed interest in the New Jersey Wind Port,” said Assemblyman John Burzichelli. “With fewer restrictions and greater access to various wind markets, this site is perfectly positioned to serve as a hub for America’s offshore wind industry. Our efforts to establish this port will lead to the creation of hundreds of new jobs and will advance our state toward a clean energy future.”

“Not only will this port help our state achieve its clean energy goals, it will also help increase the use of offshore wind throughout the rest of the world,” said Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro. “The interest in the New Jersey Wind Port goes to show just how critical it will be in expanding the offshore wind industry. Enabling environmentally-friendly energy sources while creating good-paying, union jobs is a win-win for our region, and I look forward to seeing this project continue to advance.”

“The New Jersey Wind Port is a critical piece of Governor Murphy’s plan to curb the effects of climate change and set New Jersey on the path to long-term, sustainable economic growth,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “The significant interest we are seeing in the Port from many of the world’s largest offshore wind businesses validates our expectation that building this unique infrastructure resource would attract the attention of the global industry and establish New Jersey as a leader in the U.S. offshore wind industry. Going forward, this will drive investment and job creation in South Jersey and throughout the state.”

“Offshore wind is a major component of New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan and a pillar of the Governor’s plan to achieve 100 percent clean energy,” said New Jersey Board of Public Utilities President Joseph L. Fiordaliso. “The development of the New Jersey Wind Port with manufacturing and marshalling facilities will lead to lowering the cost of offshore wind. The interest from leading offshore wind companies in the New Jersey Wind Port shows the critical role this infrastructure project will play in attracting offshore wind projects to New Jersey and provides strong evidence that Governor Murphy’s strategy for attracting offshore wind investment is working.”

“The interest we are seeing in the New Jersey Wind Port demonstrates that we do not have to choose between addressing climate change and creating jobs,” said Jane Cohen, Executive Director, Office of Climate Action and the Green Economy. “Through this project and Governor Murphy’s other efforts to combat climate change, we can drive economic growth, strengthen our workforce, and create family sustaining jobs for all New Jerseyans who want to be in involved in the green economy.”

Offshore wind is a central component of Governor Murphy’s Energy Master Plan to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2050. As part of that plan, New Jersey has committed to producing 7,500 megawatts of offshore wind energy by 2035.

The New Jersey Wind Port is a first-in-the-nation infrastructure investment that will provide a location for essential staging, assembly, and manufacturing activities related to offshore wind projects on the East Coast. At full build-out, the Wind Port has the potential to create up to 1,500 manufacturing, assembly, and operations jobs and drive billions of dollars in economic growth.

On September 29th, 2021, the NJEDA posted a Notice for Sublease of Property at the New Jersey Wind Port seeking non-binding offers from offshore wind developers and component manufacturers on four parcels of property at the Port, including two parcels of property that are being purpose-built for offshore wind marshalling, staging, and final assembly of turbines; and two parcels that are being purpose-built for offshore wind turbine component manufacturing and assembly. The deadline for submissions was Friday, October 22nd, 2021.

Six bidders submitted 16 non-binding offers that NJEDA staff have preliminarily determined to be compliant. All bidders put in multiple offers encompassing different parcels, project configurations, and levels of investments. Compliant bidders included offshore wind developers and manufacturers.   

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, LLC (Atlantic Shores), Ørsted Wind Power North America LLC (Ørsted), and Beacon Wind LLC (Beacon Wind) are offshore wind developers that submitted offers for Parcels A and B1, which are being purpose-built for offshore wind marshalling, staging, and final assembly of turbines.

All are major players in the US offshore wind industry with projects ranging from Massachusetts to Maryland and have parent organizations with global offshore wind portfolios. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has awarded more than 3,700 MW of offshore wind projects to Ørsted and Atlantic Shores, a 50:50 joint venture between Shell New Energies and EDF Renewables. Beacon Wind, a 50:50 joint venture between Equinor and bp, has been awarded projects by New York State.

GE Renewables US LLC (GE), Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Inc. (SGRE), and Vestas-American Wind Technology, Inc. (Vestas) are the three largest offshore wind turbine manufacturers in Europe and the United States. All three have submitted bids for both Parcels C and G, the two manufacturing parcels available at the Wind Port.

Sixteen offers have been preliminarily determined by Authority staff to be compliant with the solicitation’s requirements and will be scored in the coming days. After scoring is completed, the Authority anticipates beginning negotiations with some or all of the parties with compliant bids. The NJEDA Board will review and determine final compliance determinations, scoring, and approval of binding offers and subleases on a parcel-by-parcel basis in months to come, after the Authority completes negotiations. 

More information about the New Jersey Wind Port is available at https://nj.gov/windport.

About the New Jersey Economic Development Authority

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses call NJEDA Customer Care at 609-858-6767 or visit https://www.njeda.com and follow @NewJerseyEDA on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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TRENTON, N.J. (September 27, 2021) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Board last week approved Rowan College of South Jersey (RCSJ) as the winner of the NJ Wind Turbine Tech Training Challenge.

Supported by funding from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) and aligned with Governor Phil Murphy’s Wind Council recommendations, the NJ Wind Turbine Tech Training Challenge was launched in July as a competitive grant program to support a community college that collaborates with union trade organizations and industry partners to establish an offshore wind turbine technician training program. RCSJ will receive a grant of $819,019 to develop an industry-recognized wind turbine technician training program that will support the offshore wind industry and workforce in New Jersey.

“Thanks to Governor Murphy’s strong leadership, New Jersey is well on its way to becoming the capital of offshore wind in the U.S., bringing billions of dollars and thousands of jobs to our state,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “It is crucial that we take steps now to prepare to meet the industry’s workforce needs and to ensure equitable access to these opportunities for all New Jerseyans. We are proud to support RCSJ and our partners in labor and the trades to bring a comprehensive credential program to New Jersey that will ensure New Jersey students and workers have access to the training they need to work in offshore wind.”

“As New Jersey transitions to 100 percent clean energy, it is imperative that we cultivate a workforce prepared to meet the emerging opportunities that building and operating clean energy infrastructure offer,” said Joseph L. Fiordaliso, President of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. “RCSJ has presented an impressive plan to ensure that the workforce of tomorrow has a place in our innovation economy and is grown right here in New Jersey. We are proud to support this exciting new initiative.”

“Offshore wind will create thousands of good-paying, permanent jobs. A critical step toward ensuring the state’s future success in this industry is strengthening our investment in workforce training and education today,” said Department of Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo.  “As one of our key apprenticeship partners, RCSJ’s plans are an exciting step forward that will equip our workforce with the skills and knowledge they need to fill these family sustaining positions.”

“This critical initiative will ensure that New Jersey’s talent pipeline remains strong and our future economic growth prioritizes workforce opportunities for students to hone their skills and obtain high-quality credentials,” said NJ Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Brian Bridges. “RCSJ’s program will fuel a diverse and inclusive pipeline of talented workers and propel the state’s rapidly-growing clean energy sector to the forefront of the global stage.”

The Wind Turbine Tech Training Challenge is part of Governor Phil Murphy’s whole of government approach to generating 7.5 GW of offshore wind by 2035 and positioning New Jersey as a hub for the American offshore wind industry. Other initiatives include the construction of the New Jersey Wind Port, a state-of-the-art monopile manufacturing facility at the Port of Paulsboro, the Offshore Wind Tax Credit Program, and the Offshore Wind Safety Training Challenge. Taken together, these efforts will ensure New Jersey has the infrastructure, supply chain, and workforce needed to support offshore wind projects up and down the East Coast.

To ensure equitable access to the economic opportunities offshore wind creates, Governor Murphy established the Wind Council in 2019 to engage industry and local stakeholder groups to evaluate New Jersey’s existing workforce development assets and identify gaps that must be addressed to strengthen the state’s leadership position in offshore wind. On April 22, 2020, the Wind Council released a report summarizing its recommendations. Both the Wind Council report and the NJBPU’s New Jersey Offshore Wind Strategic Plan noted that there are currently no offshore wind turbine technician training programs in New Jersey and stressed the need to establish a program as soon as possible.

With funding provided by the NJBPU, the NJEDA launched the NJ Wind Turbine Tech Training Challenge in July to address this gap in New Jersey’s offshore wind ecosystem by providing grant funding to a New Jersey community college to collaborate with labor organizations and industry stakeholders to design and implement a curriculum that meets industry standards for wind turbine technician training.

An Evaluation Committee comprised of staff from the NJEDA, the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, and the Department of Labor and Workforce Development selected RCSJ as the winner of the challenge. The college will use the grant funding it receives to develop a stackable credential training program that includes two certificates linked to a Registered Apprenticeship and an Associate Degree for wind turbine technology. These stackable programs include:

  • Wind Turbine Technician Career & Technical Education (CTE) Certificate: RCSJ will offer Global Wind Organization (GWO) Basic Technical Training (BTT). Students in this certificate program will complete the BTT modules as well an OSHA10 course and the GWO Basic Safety and Sea Survival Training (BST) modules to be offered by Atlantic Cape Community College at their campus in Atlantic City. A contract is pending between RCSJ and an industry-leading offshore wind training partner to deliver the training.
  • Wind Turbine Technician Academic Certificate: RCSJ will offer a 36-credit academic certificate in Wind Power and Turbine Technology through a combination of classroom and hands-on laboratory learning that provides students with knowledge and understanding of fluid hydraulic systems, electrical machinery, mechanical operations, computer and information technology skills, wind turbine operations, safety training, and soft skills. The certificates will be linked to a U.S. Department of Labor registered Wind Turbine Technician Apprenticeship.
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Wind Power and Turbine Technology: RCSJ will develop a full AAS degree in Wind Power and Turbine Technology. Additionally, RCSJ has committed to working with Rowan University to stack the Wind Turbine programs into a bachelor’s degree, and potentially to the masters and Ph.D. levels in related trades and science and technology fields.

To guide the implementation of these new programs, RCSJ will form a Wind Turbine Technician Program Advisory Board comprised of industry representatives, labor organizations, regional workforce representatives, subject matter experts in workforce training, and RCSJ’s offshore wind academic team. This Advisory Board will support and advise on curriculum development and establish pathways for employment for program graduates. To ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion, RCSJ will partner with labor unions, community-based organizations, and others to recruit a diverse student population and provide wrap around and other services to support students during their training.

RCSJ anticipates the two wind certificate programs will launch in January 2023 and the AAS degree program will launch in the Fall semester of 2023.

“We are pleased that the College’s grant proposal to develop a Wind Turbine Technician Training program was selected by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. Rowan College of South Jersey is ready to do our part to advance the offshore wind efforts in New Jersey and within the New Jersey Wind Institute,” stated Dr. Frederick Keating, president of Rowan College of South Jersey. “We are committed to developing and launching credentialed training programs to meet the labor market demands an offshore wind facility brings to the state. These stackable certificates and degrees will become a cornerstone of the College’s Career and Technical Education Division, helping to serve the southern New Jersey region with emphasis on Gloucester and Cumberland counties.”

“Standing up effective, industry recognized training programs is crucial to ensuring New Jersey has the workforce necessary to support the many large-scale offshore wind projects coming to the state while following through on Governor Murphy’s commitment to make opportunities in offshore wind equitable and accessible to all,” said Jen Becker, Managing Director of the Wind Institute. “RCSJ’s winning proposal for a comprehensive turbine technician training program aligns closely with the industry’s needs and New Jersey’s commitments to providing high quality training opportunities for everyone who wants to get involved in the growing offshore wind industry.”

More information about the NJEDA’s work to grow New Jersey’s offshore wind ecosystem is available at https://www.njeda.com/offshorewind.

About the New Jersey Economic Development Authority

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses call NJEDA Customer Care at 609-858-6767 or visit https://www.njeda.com and follow @NewJerseyEDA on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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