Last Update: 13 AUG, 2012 | The Atlantic Wind Connection (AWC) is an effort to create infrastructure for offshore wind energy in the Atlantic Coast of the USA. The AWC is “designed to accelerate offshore wind development”. It is still in development although there is talk of the year 2013 as a possible time to start production of the AWC. Thus far, it has attracted funding from the likes of Google, Good Energies, Trans-Elect Development Company, and Marubeni Corporation (See AWC’s website for more information about their partners).
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See also my Learnist Board on the AWC
America needs an offshore wind energy industry off the Mid-Atlantic states. This emerging industry will create thousands of jobs and improve consumer access to clean energy sources.
The Atlantic Wind Connection (AWC) backbone transmission project is an essential foundation to this new industry. Designed to accelerate offshore wind development, the project is led by well-established independent transmission company Trans-Elect and sponsored by Good Energies, Google and Marubeni Corporation.
Atlantic Wind Connection Timeline
OCT31 Delaware must partner with neighbors to advance wind energy | The News Journal. “Thanks to the ingenuity and determination of America’s wind innovators, we are on the cusp of making offshore wind power along the East Coast a reality. NRG’s Bluewater Wind has been a frontrunner in the effort to build our first offshore wind project. But the real prize may be the Atlantic Wind Connection, an offshore high-voltage transmission backbone that will stretch from Virginia to northern New Jersey.It is specifically designed to connect large-scale offshore wind farms to the terrestrial transmission system we’ve relied on for decades.”
Google has pledged $5 billion for an ambitious offshore wind energy plan to deliver renewable power to the Middle Atlantic States and the Atlantic coast is estimated to have a wind energy capacity of 100,000MW, equivalent to many Indian Point nuclear power plants. Now, Governor Cuomo is calling for Indian Point to be shut down and New York State will need to replace it. Atlantic Wind presents the potential for tapping into this huge energy resource. But the fact is that we are living through a flood of cheap natural gas giving energy developers pause. What lies ahead?
Is the Atlantic Wind Connection in our future or is wind in trouble? Are the prospects for onshore wind any better? What are the prospects for renewable energy to be major job-creating enterprise for our region.
New York Technology Council and the Cleantech Corridor joint event:
Atlantic Wind Connection – What are our prospects for offshore wind energy?
May 21, 2012 – New York Institute of Technology Broadway Auditorium
AUG 9 Senate Panel Boosts Offshore Wind with Tax Credit Vote: ” “It’s not the whole answer but it’s an important step in the right direction.That’s the take of America’s nascent offshore wind industry on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee’s recent approval of a plan to extend an investment tax credit on offshore wind installations by one year until the end of 2013.”"
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