Offshore transmission developer Anbaric has filed an application with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to obtain non-exclusive rights-of-way to develop the Southern New England OceanGrid.
Southern New England OceanGrid is an open-access offshore transmission system, which has been designed to increase the region’s offshore wind resources.
Anbaric CEO Edward Krapels said: “As offshore wind’s potential gains momentum, it’s time to think big and plan rationally. It becomes clearer every day that transmission must lead the way towards greater scale, reliability and efficiency, just as it has in Europe.
“Individual windfarm developers have gotten the industry off to a good start, but we now need a networked grid to minimise conflict and create a truly reliable offshore transmission system that will substantially de-risk wind projects.”
Upon approval from the federal authority, a single electricity transmission line will be created that would connect 16,000MW of offshore wind to Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
Additionally, the Southern New England OceanGrid includes transmission line routes that link Boston, Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay, Massachusetts’ South Coast, and Connecticut and which come under BOEM lease areas to deliver renewable electricity to the residents living in the area.
Built over 20 years, the OceanGrid will provide an infrastructure for a clean energy resource that has the potential to replace fossil fuels.
Krapels further added: “Anbaric’s Southern New England OceanGrid offers the advantage of reducing the overall footprint and potential environmental and socio-economic impacts of transmission infrastructure.
“The fishing industry that has been working these waters for hundreds of years is one use that will benefit from rationally planned and implemented transmission.”
Anbaric noted that its application specified a minimum number of offshore collector platforms (OCPs) as well as associated transmission corridors to extract the maximum amount of clean power from BOEM lease areas off the southern coast of New England.