Atlantic Grid and Google moves from wind power to power transmission
The company that had plans to build an undersea power transmission line backed by Google, Atlantic Grid Development LLC, has refocused its efforts in moving electrical power across New Jersey instead of its original plan of interconnecting offshore wind farms.
The grid's operator, PJM Interconnection LLC together with New Jersey's Economic Development Authority are conducting an evaluation of the project's possible impact in the reduction of the energy costs for the state. This was confirmed by Atlantic Wind Connection Project CEO Robert Mitchell through an interview held yesterday.
He said, "The project was originally conceived as the backbone for an anticipated network of wind farms off the US East Coast that's still years away. Using transmission line to move power from southern New Jersey to the northern part of the state where energy prices are higher is a goal that's easier to achieve." Currently, there are no offshore wind farms in the United States in operation or being constructed.
He further added, "Without wind, we discovered that the problems can be sold by this line. This has been a long-standing issue, probably 25 to 30 years, the lack of adequate transmission in New Jersey."