Banking on Connections to Spur Offshore Wind
Google and a team of fellow investors and energy firms aim to bring an offshore wind power revolution to the East Coast of the United States.
WASHINGTON—Bringing order to the Internet was one thing, but can Google and a team of fellow investors and energy firms bring an offshore wind power revolution to the East Coast of the United States?
They are going to try, with a $5 billion deep-water transmission cable project designed to connect high-energy ocean wind turbines from Virginia to New Jersey. The electric transmission company Trans-Elect said Tuesday its Atlantic Wind Connection project (AWC) would be built 22 miles offshore in five segments. And its lineup of star investors includes Google, the private equity firm Good Energies, and Japan’s Marubeni Corporation.
The windy Eastern seaboard of the United States packs enough punch to generate all of the electricity needed by Delaware,