Making Offshore Wind Transmission Work for Communities

Source: Regional Plan Association


Offshore wind is emerging in the US as an essential renewable energy source that will help us reduce our contribution of greenhouse gas emissions and meet our climate targets while ensuring a more sustainable and livable future. The New York City Metropolitan Area is a national leader in offshore wind development where – as of June 2023 – New York and New Jersey are on track to implement eight offshore wind projects, delivering 8,100 MW of wind power into our grid by 2030. That’s enough energy to power just over four million homes, with close to an additional 12,000 MW committed by the states yet to come. And that’s likely just the beginning.

But even though offshore wind farms will be generating power from 10 miles or more from the nearest coastline, that energy will need to be transmitted from the ocean to points onshore and connect into our existing electric grid to be able to power our homes, businesses and critical infrastructure. We’ve never before brought in power from the ocean to the shore, so the efforts around offshore wind transmission will be significant and will require cooperation from numerous coastal communities and those along the onshore routes that connect to the grid.

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