New Jersey has elected Phil Murphy as its next governor, raising prospects for a significant boost for the offshore wind sector.
The Democrat defeated Republican candidate Kim Guadagno, bringing to an end the reign of incumbent governor Chris Christie.
Christie repeatedly blocked efforts to advance offshore wind plans despite legislation calling for construction of 1.1GW.
Murphy has pledged to develop 3.5GW by 2030 and enact a mandate for the state to be 100% powered by renewables by 2050.
Danish developer Orsted, which holds the rights to one of two federal lease areas off the New Jersey coast, welcomed the election results.
“We congratulate New Jersey’s governor-elect Phil Murphy on his win today and look forward to working closely with his administration, as well as members of the legislature and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, to bring offshore wind to New Jersey,” Orsted North America president Thomas Brostrom told reNEWS.