Mountain View, Calif. – Google (NASD: GOOG) has announced that it will
invest in an offshore Mid-Atlantic electrical transmission backbone running
from New Jersey to Virginia that will be able to connect 6,000 megawatts of
wind turbines, enough to serve about 1.9 million households, according to the
Called the Atlantic Wind Connection (AWC) the backbone will be built
around offshore power hubs that will collect the power from multiple offshore
wind farms and deliver it through sub-sea cables to the land-based transmission
The AWC project is led by an independent transmission company,
Trans-Elect, and is financed by Google, Good Energies and Marubeni Corp., with
Google investing 37.5% of the equity in this initial development stage.
Mid-Atlantic region offers a high level offshore wind potential in relatively
shallow waters, making it easier to install turbines 10-15 miles offshore,
where they can take advantage of stronger winds and are virtually out of sight
from land, Google said.