T&D World Magazine

Session 11:The Atlantic Wind Connection Project

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 2:00pm ET/11:00am PT

The Atlantic Wind Connection (AWC) project, a sub-sea high voltage direct current (HVDC) backbone transmission system extending from northern New Jersey to southern Virginia, serves as an efficient collector of AC power from off-shore wind farms, relieves transmission congestion on the eastern AC grid, and improves regional system reliability. When complete, the AWC backbone will be able to connect up to 7,000 MW of offshore wind, enough power to serve 1.9 million households. The system is scalable and can be expanded to accommodate additional offshore wind energy as the industry further develops. The use of HVDC technology allows for easier integration and control of multiple wind farms while avoiding the electrical losses associated with more typical high voltage alternating current (HVAC) lines. With this strong backbone in place, larger and more energy-efficient wind farms can connect to offshore power hubs farther out to sea. These power hubs will in turn be connected via sub-sea cables to the strongest, highest capacity parts of the land-based transmission system.

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