The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is publishing a Request for Competitive Interest for the development of the New York and New Jersey Wind Energy Transmission Line.
Anbaric Development Partners, LLC (ADP) has requested a right-of-way grant to develop the NY/NJ Ocean Grid, but prior to reviewing the right-of-way application, BOEM must determine whether there are other developers interested in the same area. BOEM will publish a Request for Competitive Interest in the Federal Register on 19 June.
ADP’s proposed project would entail the construction, installation, and operation of an offshore transmission system to deliver offshore wind energy to the onshore electric grid. The company’s application is for a submarine system approximately 185 nautical miles in length. The application also requests an authorization for siting up to nine offshore collector platforms which would collect and distribute power generated from existing offshore wind leases to up to six onshore landings at locations from Long Island, New York to Cardiff, New Jersey.
Each proposed OCP would be designed to handle 800 to 1,200 megawatts of offshore wind energy, with the ability to connect multiple offshore wind projects and accommodate phased development within BOEM’s designated wind energy areas.
If BOEM receives indications of competitive interest from qualified entities, the bureau may decide to move forward with the right-of-way grant issuance process using competitive procedures.
“Offshore transmission infrastructure will be critical to the long-term success of the offshore wind industry,” said BOEM Acting Director Walter Cruickshank.
“We look forward to working with our state and local government partners, industry and others as we continue to oversee responsible offshore wind development while diversifying our nation’s energy portfolio.”
In addition, BOEM is providing an opportunity for the public and interested stakeholders to provide comments on the ADP right-of-way request. Feedback received will be incorporated into an Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing the potential impacts of granting a right-of-way and associated survey activities.