The Department of Interior's (DoI) finding of "no competitive interest" clears the way for the Atlantic Wind Connection (AWC) project to move forward. An environmental review will be the next step.
The aim of the AWC is to enable up to 7GW of offshore wind-generated electricity to be delivered into mainland grids. The transmission line would run from northern New Jersey to Virginia, and would have a length of about 790 miles.
Project investors include Google, Good Energies II LP, the Marubeni Corporation and Elia.
The US federal government has identifiedwind development areas off the coasts of Delaware, Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and expects to begin awarding development leases later this year, according to DoI deputy secretary, David Hayes.
It also expects to identify additional development zones off North Carolina and Massachusetts.