New York City, December 21, 2010 — Atlantic Wind Connection filed with federal energy regulators for permission to build a giant power transmission project in the Atlantic Ocean along the U.S. Mid-Atlantic coast to enable the region’s offshore wind potential.
Announced in October, the project will stretch from New Jersey to Virginia and enable up to 6,000 MW of wind power.
Atlantic Wind Connection will use high voltage direct current technology to create a transmission backbone that could connect several large wind farms to the onshore grid in multiple locations.
Independent transmission company Trans-Elect is developing the project, expected to cost about $5 billion.
The companies hope to obtain the needed approvals and funding by 2013 so they can start construction. They hope to finish the first phase of construction in 2016 with the entire project complete by 2020.