The Biden Administration has issued a comprehensive roadmap to accelerate offshore wind transmission in the U.S. Atlantic region.
The action plan, released today but the Departments of the Interior and Energy, aims to help unlock the region’s renewable energy potential, strengthen the domestic supply chain, and create union jobs.
The plan outlines immediate actions to connect first-generation of offshore wind projects to the electric grid and long-term efforts to support transmission over the next few decades, providing for more efficient energy delivery.
The plan sets out short, medium, and long-term goals along with recommendations for establishing collaborative bodies, updating transmission planning, addressing costs, and convening with states, industry, and federal agencies to plan for an offshore transmission network. It also suggests standardizing HVDC technology requirements and establishing a national testing and certification center for HVDC substations.
The plan is part of the administration’s goal to deploy 30 GW of offshore wind by 2030 and achieve a 100% clean electric grid by 2035. The Energy Department and Atlantic states have already started collaborating on the formation of an Offshore Wind Transmission State Collaborative to develop a shared vision on policy and coordination for offshore transmission development.
The Action Plan was developed based on the Atlantic Offshore Wind Transmission Study, which is due to be released soon by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. It was also informed by a series of convening workshops with subject matter experts and decision makers from Tribal nations, state governments, and regional transmission operators, taking place from April 2022 to March 2023.
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