New Jersey Energy Report – July 2023


Actions and comments in New Jersey affecting the energy supply.

Comments –

The Monthly Fear Notice

Fear is essential to force an energy transition in New Jersey.

A column was published in new jersey spotlight to provide the fear

  • Allegedly record high temperatures were experienced around the world.


Energy Supply

Offshore Wind Turbines

Ocean Wind #1 Approval

  • BOEM authorized construction of Ocean Winds 1 by Orsted. Construction to start in fall of 2023. This authorization intensifies the sonar booms required for sonar booms and harassment permission on whales


Wind Turbine Cost Issues

  • Increasing wind turbine machinery costs are causing the cancellation or renegotiation of off shore wind projects.
  • The New Jersey offshore wind projects were claimed to be cheap because of the zero fuel cost.
    • The wind turbine cost was always ignored.
    • The fuel cost has not changed but Orsted wanted to renegotiate the wind contract because the machine costs have increased.
  • Instead, Governor Murphy and the Democrat controlled legislature voted to give Orsted one billion dollars in federal tax credits for Ocean Winds #1 wind complex instead of renegotiating the contracts.
  • Unresolved is the size of the tax credits that will be granted for the Ocen Wind #2 and Atlantic Shore wind complexes.
    • Each will be about One billion dollars and that is insufficient
    • Who will pay for this?


Wind Turbine Connections

  • Orsted will bring some Ocean Wind #1 power ashore in Ocean City. Cape May County is refusing to grant a permit to allow Orsted to test the ground to run the power cable.  Orsted is now suing Cape May County to issue the permit.


Wind Port

  • Murphy and the Legislature has authorized the state spend $540 Million to build a wind port, this is an assembly area, for the wind turbine industry.
    • Orsted has promised to invest $200 million in the wind port
    • Orsted leased 34 acres for two years for $25 million.
  • The wind port size and location are to make New Jersey the center of east coast wind assembly. However, the other states are building their own wind ports
    • The market for the wind port is not fully defined.


Solar Power

  • The BPU solicited bids for larger (grid) solar complex development.
  • The solar complexes would develop 300 MW of power at max capacity.
  • All bids were rejected because they exceeded the confidential prices the BPU thought were acceptable.
  • The solar industry demanded the price caps be raised.
  • These confidential prices are not necessarily cheap nor are connection costs to the grid necessarily included


Nuclear Power

  • The New Jersey Bureau of Rate Consul wants to  review of PSEG finances on the nuclear plants. The want to determine if PSEG should continue to receive $300 Million annually in subsidies.
  • This is an ongoing argument about financial confidentiality between PSEG and the Rate Consul.

Energy Reductions

  • The BPU want to convince or force to stop using gas for cooking and heating their homes.
  • The BPU is trying to restrict gas supplies by starting with banning gas top stoves.
  • Restrictions on heating and changing to heat pumps are likely to follow



Electric Vehicles (Cars)

  • California has passed a law mandating the number of battery cars (EV) that must be sold in the state.
  • Environmental groups in New Jersey demand New Jersey adopt and impose the California law in New Jersey.
  • This law will prevent the sale of gas cars by 2035
  • There is some opposition to this proposal but it is weak.


Grid Improvements

  • The Murphy Energy Plan requires about 50% of the energy used in the state by electricity by 2030, less than seven years from now.
    • Battery cars will increase from about 90,000 to 330,000.
    • Charging stations and home charging must increase dramatically.
    • 400,000 homes must be converted from gas heat to electric heat.
    • Heavy duty ICE trucks must be replaced with electric heavy haul trucks.
  • Can the grid wiring, controls and transformer safely handle this unknown increase in power demand? Who knows.
  • What grid modifications are necessary to distribute this unknown load increase and when and how will they be done?
  • Where will the electricity be generated and distributed? Who knows?
  • No engineering, construction and purchasing. Has been done on the grid modifications.



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