PJM Interconnection is continuing work on the interconnection of two related offshore wind projects of Fishermen’s Energy of New Jersey LLC.
PJM queue project U2-045 is a Fishermen’s Energy of New Jersey request to interconnect a 20-MW energy (2.6-MW capacity) wind facility to Atlantic City Electric’s transmission system at the Huron 69-kV substation, PJM noted in a project impact study dated June 2014. W4-063 is a 5-MW energy (0.65-MW capacity) upgrade to U2-045. The combined project is to be located in the Atlantic Ocean approximately three miles offshore of Atlantic City, N.J.
PJM studied U2-045/W4-063 as a 25 MW injection (total) into the Atlantic City Electric system at the Huron 69-kV substation. U2-045 was evaluated for compliance with reliability criteria for summer peak conditions in 2013. W4-063 was evaluated for compliance with reliability criteria for summer peak conditions in 2014.
The developer’s submitted milestone schedule includes Jan. 1, 2017, for commercial operation of the first 15 MW, and Feb. 1, 2017, commercial operation of the other 10 MW. The project is still working its way through the PJM process, with milestones ahead that include an interconnection service agreement.
The company proposes to construct a facility consisting of six General Electric 4.13-MW wind turbines for a maximum facility output of 25 MW, the PJM study said.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) said in May of this year that it has selected three offshore wind demonstration projects to receive up to $47m each over the next four years. The money is being awarded to projects expected to start deploying grid-connected systems in federal and state waters by 2017. One of them involves Fishermen’s Energy of New Jersey installing five 5-MW direct-drive wind turbines about three miles off the coast of Atlantic City, N.J. These are XEMC 5-MW DD turbines, the department said. The Fishermen’s project will act as a laboratory for researchers to learn about offshore wind and investigate interactions between turbines, DOE said.