The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is the lead federal agency for all offshore wind projects located within federal waters. BOEM facilitates lease sales of OCS blocks for the development of offshore wind energy facilities. There are currently three offshore leases with projects in development off the coast of New Jersey. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) is tasked with permitting all aspects of the projects within state waters three (3) nautical miles of New Jersey’s coastline.
“From rising seas that threaten our coastline to higher temperatures that endanger the health of our most vulnerable residents, climate change is already impacting New Jersey, and we must act to reduce its adverse effects. Through the responsible development of offshore wind facilities, we can protect our aquatic and coastal resources and the communities who rely upon them while taking bold action to address the climate crisis by reducing emissions from fossil-fuel dependent energy sources. Alongside our interagency colleagues and stakeholders, the Department of Environmental Protection will play an important role in advancing this critical work in the years ahead.”