Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop welcomed EnBW North America, joined by New Jersey Economic Development Authority Senior Vice President Brian Sabina and scores of others who gathered Wednesday to officially open the German subsidiary’s first U.S. office and marking its entrance into the competitive New Jersey/New York offshore wind market.
“With combined targets of nearly 13 gigawatts, New Jersey and New York are poised to lead the growth of the U.S. offshore wind market,” EnBW North America Managing Director Bill White said. “We are proud to open this office in Jersey City so that we can learn directly from the communities we hope to serve, as we develop competitive projects that deliver clean energy and jobs to the region.”
In a statement, Governor Phil Murphy, who visited EnBW’s leadership team in Germany last fall, noted, “New Jersey is poised not just to be a national leader in the production of offshore wind energy, but we have everything needed to become a global leader. I am thrilled that EnBW North America has recognized the countless market opportunities in offshore wind energy New Jersey has to offer and has chosen to be a partner in that effort.”
“As we continue to address global climate change and take measurable actions as a City, it is fitting that EnBW North America opens their office here,” said Mayor Steven Fulop, who participated in EnBW North America’s “Oktoberfest in May” celebration and ceremonial ribbon cutting last evening. “While we continue to build an economy on sustainable and green forms of energy, the opening of this office will create new jobs and continue to encourage us to find bold new ways to reduce our carbon footprint.”
Grounded in nearly a decade of European offshore wind experience by its parent company EnBW AG, EnBW North America is committed to supplying U.S. consumers and businesses with clean, renewable electricity at an affordable price. Developer of Germany’s first commercial offshore wind project in 2011, EnBW AG is currently developing a 900 MW project in the North Sea that sets a precedent in that it will be built without public subsidy. The German utility is a leading European offshore wind developer with a portfolio of nearly 1,000 MW of offshore wind projects under operation or construction in Europe and more than 3,000 MW under development globally.