Atlantic Wind Connection (AWC)

Timeframe: 2011-2013


The project in a nutshell

The Atlantic Wind Connection is an offshore, undersea transmission system that will span the mid-Atlantic region, beginning in northern New Jersey and eventually extending to southern Virginia. The transmission line will connect wind farms that are built in the federally-designated “Wind Energy Areas,” at least ten miles off the coast. When complete, this ambitious project will support the development of up to 6,000 megawatts of offshore wind energy, which is enough to power over 2 million homes. The Atlantic Wind Connection will also provide the transmission foundation for a new offshore wind industry that can create tens of thousands of new jobs in America. Using the most advanced transmission technology available today, the Atlantic Wind Connection will be able to move offshore wind electricity from where it is generated to where it is needed and where it is most valuable. And when the winds are calm and the wind farm output drops, the line will be used to move conventional energy resources efficiently from places where there is surplus power to places where the demand, and the price, is high. And we’ll be building a stronger grid too. A high-capacity circuit paralleling the coast will strengthen the grid and make it more secure.

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