15 May '12, 7pm

Offshore Wind Transmission "Backbone" Clears Regulatory Hurdle: Atlantic Wind Connection can now move ahead with...

Offshore Wind Transmission "Backbone" Clears Regulatory Hurdle: Atlantic Wind Connection can now move ahead with...

The Department of the Interior has issued a "no competitive interest " finding for the Atlantic Wind Connection, a 790-mile transmission "backbone " that will theoretically allow connection of offshore wind power along the Atlantic coast to the onshore grid. The finding basically means that no one else wants to spend 10 years and billions of dollars building transmission lines along the sea floor to connect offshore turbines that don't yet exist, so the company -- Atlantic Grid Holdings -- can go ahead and start an environmental review for the project. This is just the first piece of a lengthy regulatory process. "Our next step will be to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of issuing a renewable energy right-of-way grant for this project," said Tommy Beaudreau, the director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), which is responsible for offshore develop...

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