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US 16GW offshore super-grid plans submitted

Grid developer Anbaric has filed an application with US regulators for a 16GW grid off the north-eastern coast to connect the region's planned offshore wind projects.

Anbaric's plan would connect a number of offshore wind lease areas off the northeast US
Anbaric's plan would connect a number of offshore wind lease areas off the northeast US

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Anbaric has proposed the Southern New England OceanGrid project in a submission to the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

The transmission network, on the Outer Continental Shelf, would be independent, and open access would link the existing wind lease areas and deliver power to the onshore grid.

Benefits will include greater efficiency, more reliability, fewer environmental impacts, and the ability to direct the energy to specific areas, like Boston, Rhode Island and Connecticut, according to Anbaric.

The transmission "backbone" would be developed in phases over 20 years.

"It becomes clearer every day that transmission must lead the way towards greater scale, reliability and efficiency, just as it has in Europe," said Anbaric CEO Edward Krapels.

"Individual wind farm developers have gotten the industry off to a good start, but we now need a networked grid to minimise conflict and create a truly reliable offshore transmission system that will substantially de-risk wind projects."

Anbaric also has an application with BOEM for a similar New York/New Jersey OceanGrid project, which remains under review.

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