A former coal-fired power plant in Raritan Bay would be transformed into a gateway for offshore wind power and make New Jersey a national leader in our fight against climate change. As part of a proposal presented to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, the Outerbridge Renewable Connector (Outerbridge) would allow New Jersey to harness offshore wind energy by repurposing an abandoned brownfield site, revitalizing a waterfront at industrial area and supporting the local and state economy – without affecting New Jersey’s beautiful beaches.
Outerbridge is an underground electrical transmission project proposed to function as an “extender” for offshore wind farms to connect to New Jersey’s bulk electrical transmission system – beginning at the Werner Generating Station in South Amboy and buried along from a Conrail right-of-way. . The 26-acre former Werner site is the perfect landing point for transmission cables that carry clean energy from offshore wind farms to connect to the New Jersey power grid.
Outerbridge would support New Jersey’s economic growth and resilience strategy. It is expected to provide clean energy to 1.4 million homes and generate over $1 billion in economic activity.
It has strong local support for a multitude of reasons, including creating well-paying union building jobs and workforce development opportunities for women, veterans and black people. , Indigenous and of Color (BIPOC).
The facility would also bring a substantial taxable local tax to several towns in Middlesex County without increasing the school population or placing an additional burden on municipal services. Outerbridge would support the development of an undersea cable manufacturing facility for offshore wind farms in the Township of Greenwich, creating new permanent manufacturing jobs. It’s a win-win for New Jersey as the state positions itself as a pioneer in clean offshore wind power generation.
Outerbridge is designed not to disturb public rights of way, state and local parks or other public lands, recreational beaches or environmentally sensitive areas. Most importantly, Outerbridge would play a key role in helping New Jersey address the health, safety, and economic dangers of climate change, while respecting what the Jersey Shore means to New Jersey’s economy and character.