September 29, 2021 Read More →

U.S. begins environment review of New Jersey offshore wind farm

E&E News ($):

The Interior Department will begin an environmental review for a massive offshore wind farm 10 miles from the New Jersey coast, the latest example of the Biden administration’s push to cut emissions with a build-out of renewable energy infrastructure.

The Atlantic Shores project would consist of two individual wind farms, both of which will be reviewed by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. That process, which considers the environmental implications of building and operating the large offshore electricity projects, is the largest single hurdle to construct offshore wind farms in federal waters.

The first of the Atlantic Shores proposals alone would generate enough power to support 700,000 homes and is planned to begin delivering power by 2028.

Atlantic Shores — a joint venture of EDF Renewables and Shell New Energies — is one of 10 offshore wind projects nudged forward by the Biden administration so far this year. The White House aims to approve 16 offshore wind farms by 2025, the end of Biden’s first term. That’s part of a larger climate target from the administration to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2030 to help decarbonize the grid nationally.

“Offshore wind holds enormous potential for our nation, and the wind resources offshore New Jersey are no exception,” said Interior Secretary Deb Haaland in a statement yesterday.

[Heather Richards]

More: Interior advances massive New Jersey offshore wind project

Comments are closed.