JCP & L proposes plan to connect offshore wind to New Jersey power grid
Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP & L) is developing a plan to connect clean energy generated by New Jersey offshore wind farms to the electricity grid.
In a proposal filed with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and PJM Interconnection, JCP & L presented a program that would connect enough offshore wind power to power nearly 2.5 million homes. Electricity for the offshore wind farms would be supplied to the JCP & L power grid from the new offshore transmission infrastructure built by Mid-Atlantic Offshore Development. JCP & L would then route the electricity to the existing substations, where it would enter the grid.
The proposal, made in cooperation with Mid-Atlantic Offshore Development, provides an open access solution that is scalable to meet the growing demands of the New Jersey offshore wind market. If accepted, FirstEnergy, the parent company of JCP & L, has the option of acquiring a stake in Mid-Atlantic Offshore Development.
“The State of New Jersey is committed to being the national leader in clean energy, and we are committed to playing an important role in this area, for the benefit of our customers and the residents of Garden State.” , James V. Fakult, President of JCP & L, said. “Using existing transportation infrastructure and rights-of-way, our plan provides a cost-effective solution that minimizes environmental and customer impacts, improves network resilience, and was developed with the communities we serve in mind. “
JCP & L would 100 percent use existing infrastructure or rights-of-way for transmission lines, which would not entail any entirely new development. In addition, existing transmission lines and substations would be upgraded, thereby improving reliability. JCP & L will implement this plan over an eight-year period to align with the planned schedule for offshore wind energy purchases.
Mid-Atlantic Offshore Development is a 50/50 partnership between Shell New Energies US and EDF Renewables North America. The joint venture transmission company was formed to respond to the PJM New Jersey Transmission tender to meet New Jersey’s goal of facilitating the delivery of 7,500 megawatts of offshore wind power by 2035.
JCP & L serves 1.1 million customers in New Jersey.