29 Oct '13, 4pm

Google-Backed Atlantic Offshore Wind Cable Shifts Focus to New Jersey

Grid operator PJM Interconnection LLC and New Jersey’s Economic Development Authority are evaluating the project’s potential to reduce energy costs in the state, Robert Mitchell, chief executive officer of the developer’s Atlantic Wind Connection project, said yesterday in an interview. The project was originally conceived as the backbone for an anticipated network of wind farms off the U.S. East Coast that’s still years away. Using the transmission line to move power from southern New Jersey to the northern part of the state where energy prices are higher is a goal that’s easier to achieve, Mitchell said. There are no U.S. offshore wind farms in operation or under construction. “Without wind, we discovered that the problems can be solved by this line,” Mitchell said. “This has been a long-standing issue, probably 25 to 30 years, the lack of adequate transmission in New Je...

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