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US Administration Approves Atlantic Shores South Offshore Wind Project

Last Updated on 05th July 2024

The US administration has approved the country’s ninth offshore wind farm, the Atlantic Shores South offshore wind energy project. Currently, the Interior Department has approved more than 13 gigawatts of renewable energy projects in the USA.


The Atlantic Shores South wind project consists of two wind energy facilities, Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Projects 1 and 2. The project is expected to generate up to 2,800 MW of electricity, enough to power close to one million homes with clean, renewable energy. 


US Administration Approves Atlantic Shores South Offshore Wind Project


“The Biden-Harris administration is building momentum every day for our clean energy future, and today’s milestone is yet another step toward our ambitious goal of deploying 30 gigawatts of offshore energy by 2030,” said Secretary Deb Haaland. “Our clean energy future is now a reality thanks to President Biden’s Investing in America agenda; we are addressing climate change, fostering job growth, and promoting equitable economic opportunities for all communities.” 


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On May 23, 2024, BOEM announced the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed project. The EIS analyzed the potential environmental impacts of the activities outlined in the project’s construction and operations plan and considered reasonable alternatives.


BOEM held four public meetings and a nation-to-nation consultation during the public comment period on the draft EIS to gather valuable feedback from tribes, government agencies, ocean users, and others. The feedback resulted in measures identified to avoid, minimize, or mitigate the project's potential impacts, including visual impacts and potential impacts on marine life and existing ocean uses such as fishing. The Record of Decision describes these measures, which BOEM will require as terms and conditions of its approval of the Atlantic Shores South Construction and Operations Plan, ensuring the project's environmental impact is carefully considered and managed. 


Project Overview

The project is located approximately 8.7 miles off the coast of New Jersey. To provide energy to New Jersey, Atlantic Shores South proposed up to 200 total wind turbine generators and up to ten offshore substations, with subsea transmission cables potentially making landfall in Atlantic City and Sea Girt, New Jersey. BOEM has approved the construction of up to 195 wind turbine generators.


US Administration Approves Atlantic Shores South Offshore Wind Project

Project Location


Atlantic Shores has three lease areas totaling more than 400 square miles under active development. Two of the lease areas are located approximately 10-20 miles off the Jersey Shore between Atlantic City and Barnegat Light, and a third is located in an area of the Atlantic Ocean known as the Bight.


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