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New Jersey board starts review of Nautilus offshore wind application

The Blyth offshore wind park. Source: EDF Energy (www.edfenergy.com).

September 5 (Renewables Now) - The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has formally accepted the filed application for the up to 25-MW Nautilus pilot offshore wind project in state waters, it was announced today.

EDF Renewables, which is co-developing the project with Fishermen’s Energy LLC, said in a statement that the agency will be reviewing the application over the next few months. The plan is to erect three wind turbines about 2.8 miles east of the coastline of Atlantic City.

If the three-turbine project gets clearance and proceeds to the construction phase, the plant could begin generating power as early as 2021, according to the statement. The developers estimate that the additional cost of power for the average New Jersey electric consumer will amount to USD 1.76 (EUR 1.52) per year. The project though is expected to increase New Jersey’s total economic output by USD 150 million with construction by 2020.

At present, EDF Renewables operates three offshore wind parks with a combined capacity surpassing 800 MW. These are the 325-MW C-Power plant in Belgium, as well as Teesside (62 MW) and Blyth (41.5 MW) in the UK.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.863)

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