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Atlantic Offshore Wind Transmission Study

Atlantic Offshore Wind Transmission Study

Full Title: Atlantic Offshore Wind Transmission Study
Author(s): Gregory Brinkman, Mike Bannister, Sophie Bredenkamp, Lanaia Carveth, Dave Corbus, Rebecca Green, Luke Lavin, Anthony Lopez, Melinda Marquis, Joseph Mowers, Matthew Mowers, Leonardo Rese, Billy Roberts, Amy Rose, Shahil Shah, Pranav Sharma, Hongfei Sun, Bin Wang, Bharat Vyakaranam, Zhenyu Huang, Kevin Harris, Chuan Qin, Nader Samaan, Marcelo Elizondo, Tony Nguyen, Quan Nguyen, Kishan P Guddanti, Patrick Royer, Fernando Bereta dos Reis, Shahnawaz Siddiqui, Sameer Nekkalapu, and Michael Abdelmalak
Publisher(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: March 3, 2024
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Description (excerpt):

Offshore wind energy continues to grow in the U.S. Atlantic. In 2023, there were 41 gigawatts (GW) in East Coast project pipelines (Musial et al. 2023), driven partly by state-level policies that incentivize offshore wind development. The Biden-Harris administration has set a national goal of deploying 30 GW of offshore wind energy by 2030 (The White House 2021), which would unlock a pathway to 110 GW or more by 2050. Ensuring adequate, equitable, affordable, and timely transmission access for offshore wind energy is critical to achieving state- and national-level goals.
The Atlantic Offshore Wind Transmission Study (AOSWTS) is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) efforts to understand and facilitate the transmission of electricity from wind in the Atlantic Ocean.
The study provides guidance for policymakers and transmission stakeholders on possible outcomes resulting from a proactive, coordinated, and interregional approach to transmission planning for offshore wind energy development in the Atlantic. While this study presents possibilities, additional work following system operator methods and procedures can help build on this analysis.

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