US plans commercial New Jersey wind project

The U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management have announced the proposed sale of leases for nearly 344,000 acres offshore New Jersey for commercial wind energy leasing.

By Ritesh Gupta

The plan is to auction the Wind Energy Area as two leases: the South Lease Area (160,480 acres) and the North Lease Area (183,353 acres). The Wind Energy Area begins about seven nautical miles off the coast of Atlantic City.

As per the estimate, the area, if fully developed, may be able to support up to 3,400 MW of commercial wind generation.

The bureau has already awarded five commercial wind energy leases off the Atlantic coast: two non-competitive leases (Cape Wind in Nantucket Sound off Massachusetts and an area off Delaware) and three competitive leases (two offshore Massachusetts-Rhode Island and another offshore Virginia).

The Proposed Sale Notice, to be published in the Federal Register on July 21, 2014, will include a 60-day public comment period ending on September 19, 2014.