Invenergy, a leading sustainable energy solutions developer, announced the launch of Jersey Link, a renewable energy transmission initiative poised to bolster New Jersey’s clean energy landscape.
Acquiring the early-stage project — previously known as Atlantic Power Transmission — from Blackstone Infrastructure Partners, Invenergy is set to propel New Jersey’s renewable energy market toward a thriving future.
As New Jersey ambitiously targets the addition of 11,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2040, Jersey Link emerges as an innovative High-Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission solution. This pivotal infrastructure initiative is designed to seamlessly integrate up to 3,600 megawatts of new offshore wind into New Jersey’s grid, effectively powering millions of households across the state.
Robert Taylor, Senior Project Director for Jersey Link, emphasized Invenergy’s commitment to fortifying New Jersey’s offshore wind and transmission ambitions. He highlighted the project’s focus on cost-effective delivery of offshore wind power, investments in coastal and inland communities, and the creation of workforce development opportunities statewide.
Jersey Link’s investment in transmission infrastructure is poised to drive substantial economic growth, channeling investments and creating new skilled job opportunities within the local economy. The project aims to revitalize coastal communities and promote workforce development through robust labor partnerships.
Greg Lalevee, Business Manager at International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825, highlighted the project’s commitment to creating fair-wage union jobs, ensuring local engagement, and prioritizing safety standards.
William Sproule, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, emphasized the importance of engaging workers in renewable energy investments, underscoring Invenergy’s history of fostering strong partnerships with labor.
Invenergy’s deep involvement in New Jersey extends beyond Jersey Link, as the company leads the development of Leading Light Wind—an offshore wind project aiming to supply up to 2,400 megawatts of clean energy to the state. The company’s expertise in state-of-the-art HVDC transmission technology positions it as a global leader, currently developing a substantial portion of proposed HVDC transmission capacity in the U.S., including the groundbreaking Grain Belt Express.
Kurt Summers, Senior Managing Director and Head of Public-Private Partnerships at Blackstone, commended Invenergy’s commitment to advancing sustainable energy projects and expressed Blackstone’s support for Jersey Link as a significant step in fostering New Jersey’s clean energy sector.
New Jersey’s commitment to leveraging the PJM grid operator’s State Agreement Approach for a second offshore wind transmission solicitation aligns with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Transmission Needs Study. Governor Murphy’s leadership underscores New Jersey’s emergence as a prominent offshore wind hub. Jersey Link, bolstered by Invenergy’s expertise, stands as a key contributor to securing investor and developer confidence in the state’s burgeoning clean energy industry.