Atlantic Power Announces Bid for Offshore Wind Transmission Project

Source: 12/1/2021, Location: North America

- Project supported by New Jersey Union coalition including Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, Operating Engineers Locals 825 and 25 and Iron Workers Local 399
- Project expected to provide over 1,000 jobs and $1.3 billion to the New Jersey economy
- Project designed to strengthen New Jersey’s clean energy targets and to minimize impact to local communities and environment - Project backed by Blackstone, a proven long-term investor and operator in infrastructure, transmission and renewable energy

Atlantic Power Transmission LLC (“APT”), a Blackstone (BX) portfolio company, announced its bid to develop a clean power transmission solution in response to the 2021 New Jersey Offshore Wind SAA Transmission Solicitation initiated by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, in collaboration with PJM Interconnection. APT’s project offers a total offshore wind transmission solution of up to 3,600 MW and is expected to provide over $1.3 billion in economic value to the New Jersey economy. The project is expected to deliver clean offshore wind power to over 1.5 million New Jersey families, enabled by an underground clean energy corridor connecting to an existing substation in Central New Jersey.

APT has prioritized union labor and has partnered with the New Jersey union coalition, including Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, International Union of Operating Engineers Locals 825 and 25 and Iron Workers Local 399, which will bring the region’s best-skilled and trained tradespersons to this state-of-the-art project and ensure that trades unions are a bedrock of New Jersey’s clean energy program.

Commenting on the announcement, Global Head of Infrastructure at Blackstone, Sean Klimczak said, “We are excited to support New Jersey’s offshore wind efforts and are proud to partner with the New Jersey union coalition. Blackstone Infrastructure has a proven track record and commitment to long-term partnerships, and we look forward to continuing with this transformative and innovative clean energy development project.”

William C. Sproule, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters said, “New Jersey is uniquely positioned as a hub for offshore wind, and we are pleased that our skilled tradespersons are at the forefront of this exciting movement to bring greater energy sustainability to our State.”

“We applaud Atlantic Power Transmission’s commitment to the Operating Engineers as they embark on the monumental task of bringing homegrown renewable energy to our electrical grid,” commented Greg Lalevee, Business Manager of IUOE 825. “Our union is proud to be part of building a clean energy future in the state of New Jersey.”

Richard Sweeney, President and Business Manager of the Iron Workers Local 399, also stated, “We are proud to partner with Blackstone Infrastructure and Atlantic Power Transmission on ensuring good paying union jobs for years to come in this important and growing sector of our economy.”

The entire route of the project will utilize underground electric transmission lines to minimize its social and environmental impacts. The project enters onshore at an existing industrial site and aims to avoid disrupting New Jersey’s beachfront communities.

Andy Geissbuehler, APT’s CEO, stated, “We highly value our union partnership and our collaboration with the communities along the clean energy corridor. We are committed and able to manage the risks to safely and reliably construct and operate a compelling transmission solution to support New Jersey’s clean energy leadership.”

Blackstone is committed to supporting renewable energy and working closely with its union partners. Since 2019, Blackstone has committed nearly $10 billion in investments that it believes are consistent with the broader energy transition.

In September 2021, Blackstone announced that the Champlain Hudson Power Express (“CHPE”), an underground electric transmission line spanning 339 miles between Canada and New York City, was selected by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority as part of an extensive RFP process to deliver 1,250 MW of clean, renewable power to New York City. CHPE is expected to create 1,400 jobs, with a commitment to use union labor, and includes a $40 million new Green Economy Fund that will provide job training for clean energy jobs.

In November 2021, Blackstone portfolio companies, Altus Power, a leading clean electrification company, and Link Logistics, operator of the largest portfolio of strategic last mile locations in the US, were awarded approximately 35 MW of community solar projects in New Jersey. Together, Altus and Link will build and operate a portfolio of rooftop community solar projects to serve approximately 10,000 residential customers throughout New Jersey with renewable energy.

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