The proposed Outerbridge Renewable Connector would link power generated from offshore wind to the power grid serving New Jersey homes and businesses.
Cables from offshore wind turbines would come ashore at the site of the former E.H. Werner power plant on Raritan Bay in South Amboy, NJ. The power would travel to the grid via underground cables along an existing railroad right of way.
If selected, construction of the Outerbridge Renewable Connector could begin by the end of 2024, delivering offshore wind energy to the people and businesses of New Jersey by 2027.
Outerbridge could provide up to nearly half the 7,500 megawatts of offshore wind power planned for New Jersey.
Up to 1.4 million New Jersey homes.
Cables would come ashore at an industrial-zoned site, avoiding recreational beaches and any adverse environmental impacts. Connection from the Outerbridge site to the power grid would take place in a low-impact, environmentally responsible manner by means of underground cables along a railroad right of way.
Rise will work closely with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and related state and local agencies to meet New jersey’s stringent requirements.
Rise Light & Power is a New York – New Jersey regional energy asset manager and developer. Rise is in the process of transforming New York City’s largest power-generating facility into a clean energy hub. This is part of an exciting growth-oriented strategy that includes building the largest battery storage project on the U.S. East Coast and developing clean energy projects like the Outerbridge Renewable Connector. Rise Light & Power is a wholly-owned affiliate of LS Power. For more information, please visit www.riselight.com.
LS Power is a development, investment, and operating company focused on the North American power energy infrastructure sector. Since its inception in 1990, LS Power has developed, constructed, managed, or acquired more than 45,000 MW of power generation, including utility-scale solar, wind, hydro, natural gas-fired, and battery energy storage projects. In New Jersey, LS Power successfully developed the West Deptford Energy Station and the Silver Run Electric transmission project. www.Lspower.com
Outerbridge will enable New Jersey to reach its laudable goals in the lowest-risk, most cost-effective ways. Rise is committed to New Jersey’s goal of obtaining 50% of its power from clean energy sources by 2035 and 100% by 2050. Offshore wind will be a big part of that — and the Outerbridge Renewable Connector would be an essential part of connecting wind power to the electric grid.
The state’s bold vision calls for a responsible, affordable solution to delivering offshore wind energy to the state electric grid. Outerbridge solves the challenge of finding appropriate and acceptable cable landing sites by using existing infrastructure that avoids siting transmission lines in sensitive areas like residential neighborhoods and recreational beaches.
So far, New Jersey is planning for 7,500 megawatts of wind energy — enough to power 3.2 million homes. Outerbridge can handle up to half of that energy, powering 1.4 million homes and speeding the transition to clean energy that helps mitigate the harm from climate change. The project also features a Battery Energy Storage System that will improve reliability of the grid.
Outerbridge will help all New Jersey communities enjoy the health and safety benefits of clean, renewable energy. And Rise is working with key stakeholders such as local communities, environmental justice groups, labor, business, and environmental advocates to develop a responsible project that brings significant environmental and economic benefits to New Jersey.
Outerbridge would create over $1 billion in economic value to the state, including nearly $88 million in tax revenue for state and local governments. In addition, Rise is committed to fund and implement programs to contribute to the local economy in host communities and support workforce development. Outerbridge would accomplish this while minimizing costs and controversy and building confidence in New Jersey’s offshore wind systems.
New Jersey residents know all too well the effects of more frequent severe weather events brought on by climate change. Tropical Storm Ida was a deadly reminder of the dangers of delaying the transition to clean energy. By solving the problem of connecting wind offshore wind energy to the state’s power grid, Outerbridge would play a major role in enabling New Jersey to reach its admirably aggressive goal of getting half its power from clean energy sources by 2035 and 100% by 2050.