Two days, over 140 students and recent graduates, one memorable download on offshore wind transmission.
New Jersey Institute of Technology and New Jersey Economic Development Authority sponsored the New Jersey Offshore Wind Bootcamp to give engineers, researchers and students looking for careers in offshore wind a better understanding of the industry’s growth opportunities and jobs within the industry. We were proud to speak at the event alongside speakers from NJIT, NJEDA, Atlantic Shores, Vestas, Burns & McDonnell, Hatch and Siemens.
“It was a great event that brought the New Jersey offshore wind community together, and there was a lot of positive energy throughout,” said Chad Watson, PSEG manager of offshore wind development – commercial. “We met many people who shared our excitement about taking on the challenge of building a transmission system to bring offshore wind power to customers and that there will be many more exciting jobs like ours to come.”
Along with Chad, Liz Gostkowski, PSEG manager of offshore wind development – commercial, and Rafael Wilches, PSEG senior project manager DP&C, presented at the event. They spoke to the students and recent graduates about how New Jersey is ideally located to develop offshore wind energy. Taking full advantage of that resource will require a transmission network that efficiently and effectively integrates offshore wind farms with the onshore grid.
We are building several onshore transmission projects to connect customers with the offshore wind farms being built. The New Jersey Wind Port is being built on land we lease to the NJEDA. It is the nation’s first purpose-built wind port, intended to serve offshore wind projects up and down the U.S. East Coast, positioning the state as a hub for the U.S. offshore wind industry.
“This event has shown me that there are many ways for me to get involved with offshore wind and transmission, and that this field has a need for all kinds of professionals,” said Olivia Lieberman, an intern in our development group, which is engaged in offshore wind transmission, green hydrogen and other growth initiatives. “The speakers were deeply engaging, and I’ve developed a strong foundation of knowledge that will be very helpful as I continue my studies and begin my career. I’m excited to continue learning and will be sure to share what I’ve learned at the bootcamp with my friends at school.”