The Atlantic Wind Connection — which we heard about back when Google decided to throw their funds into the project — is now projected to reach all the way into the New York City grid, past its original stopping point in New Jersey. In an application to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Tuesday the project had grown from its original 6,000 megawatt (MW) plan to a 7,000 MW one that seeks to have the right of way to connect to grids in Manhattan or Brooklyn. The connection is set to bring power from wind farms as far south as Norfolk, Virginia all the way north, making it easier for new offshore wind farms to get their energy to market.
Markian Melnyk, the president of Atlantic Wind Development believes that the connection will be “a magnet for wind farms,” allowing them to easily connect their offshore power plants to the grid. The connection is set to run far enough off shore that wind farms connected to it won’t be visible from shore — and therefore less upsetting to neighbors — and will be placed perfectly to catch strong offshore breezes. With a new segment reaching all the way to New York City the Big Apple could start benefiting from some of the first wind farms to be built in the United States.
Atlantic Wind Development’s application to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management includes locations for nine planned wind farms that are each about 600 feet long and 150 feet high. The application also shows seven connection points to land where the connection would feed power to the onshore grid. The location for the connection, the proposed farms and connections all take into account wind patterns and sea floor depth as the connection would actually be laid upon the ocean floor. Though the connection to the NYC grid is far off in the projected plans, the backbone is set to have its first connection come ashore near Atlantic City.
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