August 7 (Renewables Now) - EDF Renewables North America and its partner Fishermen’s Energy LLC have submitted for approval their much-delayed 24-MW wind project off New Jersey, expecting to switch on the pilot facility by 2020.
The companies have filed a joint petition for approval of the project, French group EDF Renewable Energy said on Monday. Initially developed by Atlantic City-based Fishermen’s Energy, the Nautilus Offshore Wind project will be sited in state waters near the coast of Atlantic City and may use turbines of up to 6 MW, chief operating officer Paul Gallagher previously told Renewables Now. The original proposal was for five 5-MW turbines made by China’s XEMC but it was amended in 2015 to include six 4-MW Siemens wind turbines.
In April, EDF Renewable Energy reached a preliminary agreement to buy the scheme from its developer. According to the French group the project will “bring valuable lessons learned that will bring down the cost of future projects and position New Jersey to capture more economic value as the state continues to develop its most abundant natural energy resource.”
The 24-MW pilot project has been much delayed due to feasibility disputes and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities’ (BPU) delay in formulating the state’s offshore wind renewable energy certificate (OREC) mechanism.