Another offshore wind project eyed off New Jersey coastline

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A company that has already received preliminary approval to build a wind farm on New Jersey’s southern coast is planning a second project.

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Atlantic City, NJ — A company that has already received preliminary approval to build a wind farm on New Jersey’s southern coast is planning a second project.

Atlantic Shores, a joint venture between EDF Renewables North America and Shell New Energies US, already has approval from New Jersey regulators to build a wind farm about 8.7 miles off the coast.

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But in a construction plan filed with the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Atlantic Shores revealed that it is planning a second such project that has not been publicly announced.

That project could be considered in the next round of offshore wind projects by New Jersey regulators in the third quarter of 2022.

“Atlantic Shores’ second project, Project 2 … is being developed to support these future New Jersey requests,” the company wrote in its filing.

The company did not specify how many megawatts of power the second project could provide.

It did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.

The company envisions power lines coming to the coast in Sea Gert and Atlantic City in Monmouth County for one or more projects.

So far, New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities has approved three offshore wind power projects: two by Danish wind developer rsted, and one by Atlantic Shores.

The combined purpose of those three projects is to provide enough electricity to power more than 1.6 million homes. New Jersey aims to produce 100% of its energy from clean sources by 2050, and plans to seek additional wind power projects every two years until at least 2028.

In addition, a Massachusetts company plans to build a high-voltage line in the future to bring power from New Jersey’s offshore wind farm to land and connect it to the power grid. Enberic of Wakefield, Massachusetts, has already obtained several permits from New Jersey’s environmental regulators for what it calls its Boardwalk Power Link project.

The federal government said Tuesday evening that it would conduct an environmental study of both projects proposed by the Atlantic coasts. It previously announced similar reviews for two projects to be built by Oersted.

“Offshore wind holds enormous potential for our nation, and offshore New Jersey’s wind resources are no exception,” said US Interior Secretary Deb Haaland. “As we begin this process, the department will continue to do its part to ensure growth. Our offshore renewable energy resources are treated responsibly and sustainably.”

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