SAN DIEGO (March 1, 2022) – EDF Renewables North America is pleased to announce that Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, LLC (Atlantic Shores), a 50-50 joint venture with Shell New Energies US LLC (Shell), through its wholly owned subsidiary Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Bight LLC, was selected as a provisional winner of OCS-A-0541 in the New York Bight Auction.
The 79,351-acre lease area, awarded as part of an outer continental shelf renewable energy auction held by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), has the potential to support approximately 1.5 gigawatt (GW) of wind generation.
The BOEM auction allowed offshore wind developers to bid on six lease areas covering 480,000 acres, the most ever offered in a single auction.
With the acquisition of the New York Bight lease, Atlantic Shores continues to grow its offshore wind portfolio and solidify its position as one of the nation’s leading offshore wind developers.
Ryan Pfaff, Executive Vice President, Grid and Distribution-Scale Power at EDF Renewables, said “EDF Renewables is thrilled to expand its Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind platform, owned jointly with Shell New Energies, through the award of New York Bight Lease Area OCS-A-541 to Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Bight, LLC. The Lease Area is complementary to Atlantic Shores’ existing footprint, and we look forward to working with New Jersey and New York to create additional offshore wind jobs, economic development, and carbon-free energy for the region in the years ahead.”
In 2021, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities awarded Atlantic Shores Wind Project 1 the right to receive Offshore Renewable Energy Credits (ORECs) for a 1.5 gigawatt (GW) project — the largest single offshore wind project in New Jersey and the third largest in the United States to date. The 183,000-acre lease area off the coast of New Jersey has the potential to power over 700,000 homes.
With more than 3 GW of capacity within Atlantic Shores’ existing New Jersey lease area, the addition of the newly awarded New York Bight lease ensures Atlantic Shores’ ability to support both New Jersey and New York’s offshore energy development goals by 2035 and makes them a leading contributor in achieving President Biden’s goal of 30 GW by 2030.
Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, LLC is a 50:50 partnership between Shell New Energies US LLC and EDF Renewables North America.