August 13 (Renewables Now) - The latest proposal for the Nautilus pilot offshore wind project off New Jersey is for three or four wind turbines with a combined capacity of up to 25 MW, Doug Copeland, regional project development manager at EDF Renewable Energy, tells Renewables Now.
The wind project is being developed by EDF Renewables North America and Atlantic City-based Fishermen’s Energy LLC. The partners last week submitted a joint petition for approval for the much-delayed project off New Jersey, expecting to switch on the pilot facility by 2020.
Details on the wind turbine manufacturer for the project will be revealed in the coming weeks, Copeland said. The demonstration wind park will be sited in state waters near the coast of Atlantic City.
The pilot project has been 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. The original proposal was for five 5-MW turbines made by China’s XEMC but the plan was later amended.
In April, EDF Renewable Energy reached a preliminary agreement to buy the scheme from developer Fishermen’s Energy.