WASHINGTON (AP) — A huge power transmission line for wind farms planned off the East Coast has cleared a regulatory hurdle, although construction is still years away.
The project, known as the Atlantic Wind Connection, would enable up to 7,000 megawatts of electricity to be produced at offshore wind farms from Virginia to New Jersey. Internet giant Google and other investors have pledged up to $5 billion for it.
The Interior Department said Monday that no competitor has proposed a similar project, allowing Atlantic Wind Connection to move forward knowing it is likely to secure a federal right-of-way. Construction of the 380-mile line could begin as soon as 2014.
No commercial wind power is produced offshore in the U.S., despite efforts by the Obama administration to promote that energy source.