Massachusetts company proposes 2,000-MW offshore transmission project
Charlottesville, Virginia (Platts)--14 Nov 2011 504 pm EST/2204 GMT
Anbaric Transmission has taken the first step toward building New
England's first offshore transmission truck line, designed to accommodate
2,000 MW of offshore wind energy, the company said Monday.
The Massachusetts-based company, which is behind the construction of two
other large submarine transmission projects in the Northeast, has filed an
interconnection request with ISO New England for the new project.
Called the Bay State Offshore Wind Transmission System, the project is
designed to serve developers who responded to a request for interest from the
Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for offshore wind
proposals. The federal agency received responses from ten developers who
proposed 8,000 MW of offshore wind.
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The fact that each project is over 25 miles from the shore makes it
impractical and uneconomical for each of the ten developers to build
individual direct current transmission lines, according to Ed Krapels,
"We'll provide them a lower cost solution that capitalizes on our
expertise in high-voltage direct current (HVDC) systems and allows them to
focus on the wind development," he said.
Using a common delivery point for multiple wind farms will lower the
cost of the offshore wind power, he said.
Anbaric said that the project will use technology proven in Europe and
target specific injection points in Massachusetts.
Krapels is one of the principals behind the development of the Neptune
Regional Transmission System, a 660-MW submarine connection between New
Jersey and Long Island, and the Hudson Transmission System, a 660-MW line
under construction beneath the Hudson River between New Jersey and
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