Company plans line to bring wind power ashore in New Jersey
KEYPORT, NJ – 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 she calls her Boardwalk Power Link project.
This is a 1,200 megawatt transmission line that would connect to a still unspecified wind farm off the Jersey coast. The line would come ashore at Keyport in northern Monmouth County on Raritan Bay and pass underground along highways for nearly 33 kilometers into Middlesex County where it would connect to a new substation .
This substation would be located next to an existing large-capacity power plant in southern Brunswick, where offshore wind power would be connected to the electricity grid.
“As offshore wind started to progress in New Jersey, it became extremely clear that there would be opportunities to bring all of this energy ashore,” said Janice Fuller, president of the company in the center. Atlantic.
It would not be connected to the state’s first offshore wind development, Ocean Wind, a 98-turbine wind farm planned for an area off Atlantic City.
Rather, it will be available for other wind farms, which are considered very likely to be built in New Jersey, which has set ambitious targets for wind power development.
Governor Phil Murphy has pledged in New Jersey to develop at least 7,500 megawatts of wind power by 2035, enough to power more than 3.2 million homes.
Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, said it made sense to come up with transportation projects before considering additional wind farms themselves.
“Whether it’s Anbaric or some other company doing this, it’s the classic chicken or egg thing,” he said. “If you’ve built all these windmills and there’s no way to get electricity on land, then why all these windmills?”
Tittel also said the proposed location in northern Monmouth County would bring onshore power closer to areas of greatest demand in northern New Jersey.
Fuller said the company had obtained a general permit from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and made significant progress in applying for additional permits with state and federal regulators.
It could take five years to build and connect the line to a wind farm and the new substation, she said.
The project has its roots in a proposal dating back to the early 2000s in which the company allegedly built a line to bring electricity from the Deans substation in southern Brunswick to Long Island, New York.
It was never built, but Anbaric retained the resources for the project, including land acquisitions or the option to purchase the necessary land.
When New Jersey utility regulators decided to ask companies to come up with ways to bring offshore wind power ashore, Anbaric realized she had a new opportunity, Fuller said.
The Boardwalk Power Link project would disturb less than half an acre of wetland, she added.
The Ocean Wind project off Atlantic City, to be built by Danish wind power company Orsted and PSEG of New Jersey, would be connected to the grid of old power plants in Upper Township, Cape May County and Lacey Township, Ocean County.
The lines would come ashore at Ocean City for the southern route, connecting to the old BL England power station, and to Lacey Township or Ocean Township, known locally as Waretown, to connect to the old nuclear power station of ‘Oyster Creek.
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