Wind project offshore of New Jersey advances in PJM queue process

A 25-MW offshore wind project has advanced a step further in the PJM Interconnection queue process, with PJM issuing a Facilities Study on the project dated January 2015.

PJM queue project #U2-045 is a Fishermen’s Atlantic City Windfarm LLC 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. Project #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 2.8 miles offshore from Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The intent of this new study is to define the cost and construction schedule for the necessary grid reinforcements. PJM studied U2-045/W4-063 as a 25 MW injection (total) into the Atlantic City Electric system. 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.

For U2-045, the project developer substituted a wind turbine type from what was originally evaluated during the System Impact Study. The developer’s submitted milestone schedule includes: June 30, 2016, Delivery of Major Electrical Equipment; July 31, 2016, Substantial Site Work Completed; January 1, 2017, Commercial Operation of 15 MW; February 1, 2017, Commercial Operation of other 10 MW.

The developer plans to use five XEMC-Darwind 5-MW wind turbine generators, said the January 2015 study. A June 2014 PJM study on the project said the developer planned at that point to use six General Electric 4.13-MW wind turbine generators.

Both studies are a mid-point in the PJM review process, which would culiminate with the signing of an Interconnection Service Agreement.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) said in May 2014 that it had 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 off of Atlantic City, N.J. These are XEMC 5-MW DD turbines, the department said at the time. The Fishermen’s project will act as a laboratory for researchers to learn about offshore wind and investigate interactions between turbines, DOE said.

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