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The Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Projects

These Atlantic Shores Projects will line the NJ coast from Barnegat Light to Atlantic City with hundreds of wind turbines and offshore support stations. As proposed, the wind farm would site 1,050-foot-high turbines between 9½ and 13½ miles off the entire length of LBI, extending farther eastward into the Atlantic Ocean.  Atlantic Shores South is committed to using the Vestas V236-15.0 MW offshore wind turbine which is 1,049’ tall with three blades, each 379’ long. To date they will be the largest turbines and closest to shore of any in the world. If allowed to progress these projects that will change the LBI and AC coast for decades to come.

 

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, LLC is a 50:50 partnership between Shell New Energies US LLC and EDF Renewables North America and its Lease Area is located approximately 10-20 miles off the coast of New Jersey between Atlantic City and Barnegat Light. In June of 2021, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities awarded Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind a contract to develop 1,510 MW in offshore wind energy.  This project was later split into two projects, Atlantic Shores South and Atlantic Shores North.  These two projects have been the focus of our protests due to the significant destructive effects that they will have on LBI and AC.

Atlantic Shores South
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Atlantic Shores South, whose development has been on-going, covers approximately 102,000 acres in the southern portion of the total area of 183,000+ acres leased to Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind. It has been designated Lease Area OCS-A 0499 by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. It includes 120 already-approved turbines to be placed in the Atlantic Ocean. This project is made up of both, what is sometimes called, Project 1 and Project 2.  The Final Environmental Impact Statement for this project is expected to be published in the June-July timeframe of 2024. The current end date for environmental review and permitting for this project is 10/29/24.

NEWS July 2, 2024 Atlantic Shores South wind project approved off NJ

Atlantic Shores North
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Atlantic Shores North, the portion of the leased area closest to LBI, is the remaining 81,129 acres in the northern portion of the leased area. It has been designated Lease Area OCS-A 0549 by BOEM. It calls for the placement of an additional 80 turbines.  The process to prepare the Environmental Impact Statement for Atlantic Shores North has begun as of June 2024..

The current end date for environmental review and permitting for this project is 8/18/26.

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In its COP (Construction Operations Plan), Atlantic Shores is proposing the construction and operation of two distinct offshore wind energy projects. Combined, both projects would include up to 200 total wind turbine generators (WTGs) (planned 120 WTGs for the first section and estimated 80 WTGs for the second section), up to 10 offshore substations (OSSs and also called “electrical service platforms”), one  meteorological (met) tower, up to four temporary meteorological and oceanographic (metocean) buoys inter-arraycables, up to two onshore substations, one operations and maintenance facility, and up to eight transmission cables making landfall at two New Jersey locations: the Atlantic Landfall site in Atlantic City, New Jersey and/or Monmouth Landfall site in Sea Girt, New Jersey.  The wind turbine generators, offshore substations, array cables, and substation interconnector cables would be located on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

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Atlantic Shores also holds a third lease for lease area OCS-A 0541, which is further north and is expected to include an estimated 157 turbines. This project is shown on the map above.  Additional information TBD.

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Solicitation for New Jersey’s fourth offshore wind project has begun (2024). The project is expected to be awarded in early 2025.

** In 2019, the Garden State awarded the largest single offshore wind project in the country to Ørsted’s 1.1 GW Ocean Wind project which the developer canceled in 2023 due to additional supplier delays impacting the project schedule. There was much media fanfare about this cancelation which, unfortuately, led many people to think that all offshore wind for NJ had been canceled.  Nothing can be further from the truth. The Atlantic Shores projects have NOT been canceled. Governor Murphy has fast-tracked these projects in spite of the many protests and lawsuits by public groups.

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