Wind – Grid Connection Costs


This article describes the justification the BPU used to select NextEra Transmission Company and European transmission company Elia to bring offshore wind energy to land and connect it to the grid. It’s reasonable to assume the BPU has done due diligence and the two companies are well qualified to do the work.

However, the article fails to identify the offshore wind transmission line cables and the required grid interconnection modifications are, at a minimum, doubling the price of the alleged `cheap’ offshore wind.  Nuclear, coal and gas must include transmission line and grid connection cost in their pricing, why not wind? Instead, these costs are being `socialized’ and attributed to the grid instead of the wind turbines where they belong.  Also excluded are any storage battery and required grid modifications costs required to make the offshore wind reliable.



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