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Developer Scales Back Plans for Offshore Wind Transmission System

If a power transmission backbone is built under the ocean along the Eastern Seaboard to promote the development of offshore wind farms, it will likely be located off the New Jersey coast and, quite possibly, nowhere else.

Developer Scales Back Plans for Offshore Wind Transmission System

If a power transmission backbone is built under the ocean along the Eastern Seaboard to promote the development of offshore wind farms, it will likely be located off the New Jersey coast and, quite possibly, nowhere else.

The developer of the proposed system is scaling back its efforts to establish what once was billed as a 300-mile underground ocean transmission line, stretching from Virginia to New Jersey. It's now completely focused on building a so-called underground transmission superhighway solely off the Garden State, at least for the time being.

Originally dubbed the Atlantic Wind Connection, the developer is now calling the project the New Jersey Energy Link (NJEL). It would transmit electricity from the offshore wind farms and other generators to users in northern, central, and southern parts of the state.

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