NJDEP Public Hearings for Ocean Wind 1 Project

In response to the submission of the Coastal Area Facility Review Act (CAFRA) Individual Permit, Waterfront Development Individual Permit (in-water), Coastal Wetlands permit, Freshwater Wetlands Individual Permit, and Flood Hazard Area Verification permit application for Orsted’s Ocean Wind 1 project to construct near shore and onshore components associated with the development of a commercial-scale, offshore wind energy facility within Lease Area OCS-0498 off the coast of New Jersey. 

The Department’s file number for the application is 0000-21-0008.2 LUP220001. 

The project includes up to 98 wind turbine generators, inter-array cables, up to three offshore substations, two onshore substations, and two transmission cables making landfall in Ocean County, NJ, and Cape May County, NJ. The project will be located in Berkeley, Ocean and Lacey Townships within Ocean County, and in Ocean City and Upper Township within Cape May County.

The Project would contribute to New Jersey’s goal of 11 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind energy generation by 2040 as outlined in New Jersey’s Governor’s Executive Order No. 307, issued on September 21, 2022. Further, the Project is intended to fulfill the New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities (BPU) September 20, 2018, solicitation for 1,100 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind that was awarded to Ocean Wind, via the New Jersey BPU on June 21, 2019 (BPU Docket No. QO18121289).

The scheduled public hearings will consist of two (2) virtual hearings and one (1) in-person hearing.  The scheduled two (2) virtual public hearings will be held on Wednesday December 7th, 2022 from 9 am to 12 noon and on Monday December 12th, 2022 from 5 pm to 8 pm.  The scheduled in-person public hearing will take place at Hammonton High School, 566 Old Forks Road in Hammonton, New Jersey on Thursday December 15th, 2022 from 6pm to 9pm.

Members of the public may participate in the hearing via video conference or by telephone. Those who wish to participate can access the link and call in information for the virtual hearings by visiting the “News & Notices” section of the Division of Land Resource Protection’s webpage at https://www.nj.gov/dep/landuse/ or the Department’s Offshore Wind webpage at https://dep.nj.gov/offshorewind/.  Those planning to offer comments at the hearing may sign up to do so during the hearing.