The board of directors for Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind LLC announced the appointment of Joris Veldhoven as the company’s first chief executive officer Oct. 3.
The company – a 50/50 partnership between Shell New Energies US LLC and EDF Renewables North America – is at the center of many of New Jersey’s offshore wind efforts. In June 2021, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities awarded the organization an Offshore Renewable Energy Credit to deliver enough renewable energy to power 700,000 homes in the Garden State.
“I am excited and humbled to lead the continued growth of Atlantic Shores, one of the nation’s leading offshore wind developers, as we continue to set the standard for offshore wind development in the United States,” said Veldhoven. “As a company, we are uniquely positioned to both mitigate climate change and generate positive impact on those who live in the local communities in which our projects will be built. I am grateful to work with a talented, diverse, and highly skilled team focused on building the future of clean, renewable offshore wind energy.”
Veldhoven previously served as Atlantic Shores’ commercial and financial director, focused on developing the domestic supply chain, building local partnerships, creating economic benefits for the community at large, and helping to lead the company’s overall growth.
“It is a true pleasure to see Joris take the helm of Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind,” said Tristan Grimbert, president and CEO, EDF Renewables North America. “Joris’ strategic acumen coupled with business intellect has positioned him to smoothly transition into this important role. Joris is the right person at the right time to lead the venture into future success.”
Veldhoven has also been the global wind supply chain manager for Shell New Energies Wind, holding various commercial roles over the span of a decade with Shell in The Netherlands, Norway and United Arab Emirates.
“Joris has been a key member of the Atlantic Shores team and has helped shape and grow the company since the start,” said Amanda Dasch, Shell vice president offshore power Americas, RE&S. “As New Jersey and New York work toward reaching their offshore wind procurement targets, Joris will provide strategic direction to be the partner of choice in providing more, affordable renewable power generation for their communities.”
In New Jersey, the project lease areas will be developed in stages. Project 1 is slated to begin construction in 2024.