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Powering Up the Local Supply Chain for Offshore Wind with Small and Diverse Businesses in New Jersey

Attentive Energy was proud to join the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NJMEP) at its annual conference in Freehold to announce our partnership to strengthen the local supply chain, foster economic growth, and create sustainable well-paying jobs across the State. The proposed partnership, announced at NJMEP’s “Made in NJ” conference, works to develop a leading 21st century economy in New Jersey by creating grant funds that support innovations in green manufacturing, small and diverse manufacturers, and veteran manufacturers.

In connection with the 1,342 MW Attentive Energy Two offshore wind proposal which was submitted to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, Attentive Energy is committed to ensuring that local New Jersey businesses, as well as small and diverse businesses, have a seat at the table.

Localizing and diversifying the supply chain has been at the forefront of Attentive Energy’s mission, underscored by the launch of the first state-wide small/diverse business and nonprofit survey to evaluate the challenges and business development pathways for these groups to enter the offshore wind industry.  Some of the initial findings show many small and diverse businesses are unaware of the business opportunities within offshore wind and require more information and training on RFPs, procurement, contracts and investments. Results of the New Jersey statewide survey will be available by the end of this year and will help shape our outreach and focus.

As a first step, Attentive Energy Two has committed funds for NJMEP to conduct a gap analysis to map New Jersey’s manufacturing sector and identify direct pathways for New Jersey’s businesses to contract with all offshore wind project opportunities.

Attentive Energy Two’s further commitment to this vital cause is demonstrated through a comprehensive three-part effort:

(1) Greening and Innovation for Manufacturing Facilities

This initiative aims to help reduce the environmental impact of supplier operations, particularly in overburdened communities. Investments can include new sustainable technology, equipment, innovation in manufacturing, life cycle assessments, training, education, awareness campaigns, and outreach initiatives.

(2) Small and Diverse Business Development

This fund provides grant opportunities to small, diverse businesses in New Jersey, enabling them to scale their operations and compete effectively in the offshore wind supply chain. Attentive Energy Two, in collaboration with grassroots organizer MRV Group, will facilitate outreach and education efforts, connecting these businesses with NJMEP’s extensive network and funding opportunities.

(3) Veteran Family Program

Attentive Energy Two is committed to augmenting Department of Defense grants that support New Jersey veterans and their families in manufacturing. This initiative will provide much-needed resources to veterans looking to pursue careers in manufacturing, contributing to both the industry and the well-being of those who have served our nation.

For more information about our team and project, visit: www.attentiveenergy.com/AE2

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