Players in the U.S. offshore wind sector have expressed concern that the lack of a coordinated transmission strategy would slow down development. The debate continues on whether the Federal Government, the system operators and the Länder should strive to establish an open transmission system allowing different producers to connect to the electricity grid or whether the producers should act alone in the development of transmission cables for individual projects. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas has 75 GW Solar in its connection queue, but it remains to be seen how quickly clean energy can supplant natural gas and coal. The Vineyard Wind project is one of many that are proposing to build their own submarine cables to hang at a limited number of connection points along the coast. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is expected to make an approval decision for the Vineyard Wind project, a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables LLC and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners K/S, in mid-December. Avangrid is a subsidiary of Iberdrola SA. The new connection agreement with ISO-New England will allow the project to connect to the grid at a 115 kV switching station in barnstable, Massachusetts, according to the announcement. Vineyard Wind`s project proposal states that two 220 kV submarine cables would export power through the musketeer channel. If approved, it will produce enough electricity for more than 400,000 homes. It is clear that the trend towards clean energy at competitive prices in the United States has far exceeded the turning point.
As California turns toward its goal of completely decarbonizing its grid by 2045, the state`s maintenance snake currently has only five natural gas projects, for a total of about 819 MW out of the astronomical 87 GW sun, wind and storage. If you want to look at the future of the energy transition in the United States, Texas is a good place to start. The state maintenance snake is loaded with solar panels, wind and storage. Of the 121 GW of supply-scale new generation of electricity requested from the state`s Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), 75.3 GW solar, 25.5 GW Wind and 14.5 GW are reservoirs. Fossil fuels are lagging far behind, with natural gas at 5.4 GW and coal at 400 MW. The very obvious cave thing here is that not all projects end in an interconnection queue and connect. But applying for and securing an interconnection contract – a long and expensive process – is an important step in the development of any new electricity generation. Ensuring that a project will be able to connect to the grid and participate in wholesale markets shows that it is profitable for investors, utilities and other energy buyers in businesses. The proposed 800 MW wind project, Vineyard, has reached an agreement with ISO New England to connect the country`s first offshore wind farm to Massachusetts` power grid. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved the interconnection agreement for the proposed project, located 15 miles off the coast of Martha`s Vineyard, according to an Oct. 28 announcement. The decision follows a FerC technical conference on integrating offshore wind energy into east coast wholesale markets, which projects up to 30 GW of offshore wind power by 2035.
Offshore Project Vineyard Wind Secures Connection Agreement The growth of the solar, storage and wind industry will depend on how quickly we can move from project pipelines to an electricity system that provides clean, safe, affordable and fair electricity across the country. Even PJM Interconnection, the country`s largest grid operator, has 14.6 GW of fossil fuel generation in its connection maintenance snake, compared to 52 GW solar, wind and storage. . . .