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Anbaric planning North Jersey transmission line for offshore wind

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While Ørsted and Public Service Enterprise Group are planning a wind farm off the coast of southern New Jersey, Anbaric is planning a transmission line to serve wind farms built off the northern part of the Garden State.

The Boardwalk Power Link would be a 1,200 MW high-voltage direct-current power line that would come ashore in Keyport, a borough on the Raritan Bay in northern Monmouth County, then run underground along highways for nearly 21 miles into Middlesex County where it would connect to a new substation in South Brunswick, according to an Associated Press story by Wayne Parry.

The new substation, an artist’s rendering of which can be seen above, would be built on Anbaric property next to the Deans Substation, according to Anbaric, which has a web page about the project.

Anbaric says it owns all the land needed for the Boardwalk Power Link in South Brunswick and on the coast and is working with government partners on the part of the project that would run along highways. The company says it has secured a general permit from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for the land part of the project and is “significantly advanced in the process of obtaining additional necessary environmental and other permits.”

The Boardwalk Power Link would do two things — run underground along a highway and use land with existing electrical infrastructure — that people who want to promote the construction of transmission infrastructure to boost renewable generation say could make such infrastructure easier to get built.

In the “Build a more resilient electric transmission system” section of its fact sheet on “The American Jobs Plan,” the Biden administration says the plan would “establish a new Grid Deployment Authority at the Department of Energy that allows for better leverage of existing rights-of-way — along roads and railways …”

Power from Ocean Wind, the offshore wind farm being planned by Ørsted and PSEG, would be fed into the grid at two shuttered power plants — the B.L. England Generating Station in Cape May County’s Upper Township and the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in Ocean County’s Lacey Township.


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