What there is to know
- New York-based utility company Con Edison plans to build an electricity transmission facility off the coast of New Jersey to connect several offshore wind projects and bring electricity to shore
- The company on Monday proposed “Clean Link New Jersey”, a transmission network to which many wind farms powered by turbines can connect.
- It would carry electricity along the New Jersey coast, coming ashore at two electrical substations
Con Edison, the New York-based utility company, plans to build an electricity transmission facility off the coast of New Jersey to connect several offshore wind projects and bring electricity ashore.
The company on Monday proposed “Clean Link New Jersey”, a transmission network to which many wind farms powered by turbines can connect. It would carry electricity along the New Jersey coast, coming ashore at two electrical substations at locations yet to be determined in central or northern New Jersey.
Con Edison Transmission Inc. plans to connect 2.4 gigawatts of future offshore wind capacity to the grid’s high-voltage onshore system, which it says is enough to power around 1 million homes. The project would install several submarine transmission cables through a defined âpower corridorâ in order to minimize the environmental impact.
The offshore grid would allow offshore wind projects to plug in as they are ready to generate electricity.
“Clean Link New Jersey will advance the future of the Garden State’s clean energy by providing a reliable supply of power for offshore wind generation,” said Stuart Nachmias, president and CEO of Con Edison Transmission. “Our proposed project will provide well-paying jobs and economic opportunities, preserve the beauty of the Jersey coastline, and minimize disruption to New Jersey residents while helping meet the state’s clean energy goals.”
Doug O’Malley, director of Environment New Jersey, said projects like this receive relatively little attention, but are just as crucial as turbines to the success of offshore wind.
âOffshore wind turbines only work if there is a way to connect their clean energy to the onshore power grid,â he said. âOffshore wind interconnection is as critical as the construction of wind turbines off the New Jersey coast, and it is critical that New Jersey consider projects that maximize clean energy transmission and minimize environmental impacts. “
The project comes as New Jersey moves quickly to establish itself as the leader in offshore wind power on the East Coast.
So far, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has approved three offshore wind energy projects: two by Danish wind developer Orsted and one by Atlantic Shores, a joint venture between EDF Renewables North America and Shell New Energies US .
These three projects combined aim to provide enough electricity to power more than 1.6 million homes. New Jersey has set a goal of producing 100% of its energy from clean sources by 2050 and plans to apply for additional wind power projects every two years until at least 2028.
Atlantic Shores is also planning a second project in New Jersey that it has not publicly announced, but which is referenced in documents filed with the United States Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
Con Edison’s proposal is not the first project considered to bring offshore wind power to land in New Jersey. A Massachusetts company plans to build a high-voltage line to bring electricity from a future New Jersey offshore wind farm to land, and connect it to the power grid. Anbaric, of Wakefield, Mass., Has already obtained several permits from New Jersey environmental regulators for what he calls his Boardwalk Power Link project.
Con Edison submitted the project in September to PJM, the regional transportation organization that coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity in 13 states and Washington, DC. The request will be assessed by PJM and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.
Con Edison primarily serves New York City and Westchester County, but has some operations in northern New Jersey through a subsidiary, Orange and Rockland Utilities.