Atlantic Shores, one of two offshore wind developers chosen by the state last month to build wind farms off the Jersey coast, is looking to eventually build up to 3,000 megawatts of wind turbines in lease areas it has obtained.
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities approved the 1,510-MW project in the southern portion of its lease area 10 to 20 miles off the coast between Atlantic City and Barnegat Light on June 30. The Atlantic Shores project is a joint venture of EDF Renewables and New Shell Energies LLC.
Atlantic Shores, however, has purchased leases for 183,000 acres — the largest yet obtained by an offshore wind developer — and hopes to develop the northern portion after obtaining approvals in future solicitations, company officials said during a virtual open house it sponsored Tuesday.
Supplying power, cleaning air, adding jobs
The initial project could supply power to up to 700,000 homes, avoid the equivalent of greenhouse-gas emissions from roughly one-third of all cars in New Jersey, and could create up to 22,290 jobs over its 30-year lifespan. The project is predicted to be operational by 2027, with 111 turbines, according to the company.
Atlantic Shores plans to bring the power onshore via underground transmission lines, initially to an Atlantic City landfill and ultimately to the Cardiff electricity substation operated by Atlantic City Electric, the utility serving more than a half-million customers in southern New Jersey.
“Atlantic Shores’ view fits well with Governor Murphy’s offshore wind goals,’’ said Doug O’Malley, director of Environment New Jersey, referring to the company’s expansion plans. “In a time of climate crisis, we need to be expanding the megawatts we build as quickly as possible.’’
Atlantic Shores also has agreed to invest $35.6 million in the emerging New Jersey Wind Port in Salem County. The state is building the port, the first such facility devoted exclusively to serving the offshore wind industry.