Three states have committed to binding goals for the development of offshore wind:
- In New Jersey, Governor Murphy has committed to developing 3500 MW of offshore wind by 2030 and will procure the first 1100 MW in 2018;
- In New York, Governor Cuomo has committed to developing 2400 MW of offshore wind by 2030 and will procure 400 MW in the fourth quarter of 2018 and another 400 MW in 2019; and
- In Massachusetts, the legislature has defined a goal of 1600 MW of offshore wind by 2027 and the Baker Administration has issued its first RFP for offshore wind with selection of the winning bid(s) sometime in mid-2018.
These commitments to offshore wind represent the most significant commitments to developing renewable energy in the US and building a new and vital 21stcentury clean energy economy. These commitments also represent some of the most exciting opportunities to develop transmission in North America.
Anbaric is developing three planned transmission systems – OceanGrids – for each state seeking substantial amounts of offshore wind.
New Jersey OceanGrid
Anbaric is developing the New Jersey OceanGrid to bring electricity produced by the wind projects off New Jersey’s coastline to the Garden State’s and PJM’s grid. Anbaric has filed 1100+ MW interconnection requests with PJM for three sites; one a 500 kV substation and the other two at 230 kV substations. Anbaric is aggressively pursuing the studies required by PJM’s tariff and are beginning its environmental permitting. The company is also engaging with organized labor, environmental groups, community organizations, local government, the executive branch and the legislature and other stakeholders to describe its project to all interested parties.
New York OceanGrid
Anbaric is developing the New York OceanGrid to bring electricity produced by the wind projects off New York City and Long Island to the Empire State’s grid. Anbaric has filed a 1200 MW interconnection request for the Farragut substation in Brooklyn and an 800 MW request for the Ruland Road substation on Long Island. Each of these requests contains alternative site configurations, to maximize Anbaric’s flexibility at this early stage.
Anbaric is aggressively pursuing the studies required by the NYISO’s tariff at each interconnection point and is beginning its environmental permitting. The company has completed projects injecting power into Long Island and into New York City and is well known to many stakeholders. Nonetheless, Anbaric is engaging with organized labor, environmental groups, community organizations, local government, the executive branch and the legislature and other stakeholders to describe its project to all interested parties.
Anbaric is developing the Massachusetts OceanGrid to bring electricity produced by the wind projects off the southeastern coast of the Commonwealth, Cape Cod, and the Islands to the grid in Massachusetts and New England. The Massachusetts enabling legislation prohibited transmission developers from bidding into this procurement. As a result, Anbaric’s development efforts are focused on working with the legislature to allow transmission to compete with offshore wind developers to bring wind to shore at the lowest possible costs to Massachusetts ratepayers.