Opinion: NJ’s clean energy transmission grid – plan ahead

New Jersey environment, energy, electricity

MARKIAN MELNYK / APP.COM – As New Jersey prepares to move towards 50 percent renewable energy by 2030 and 100 percent clean energy (renewables and nuclear) by 2050, a well-planned high-voltage grid will be essential to minimizing the need for costly backup generation and storage to support variable renewable energy resources.

In remarks at a recent NJ Spotlight forum on offshore wind, the head of a Denmark-based wind development company explained that Denmark successfully reached 30 percent offshore wind penetration by balancing different resources connected through a robust grid.

Markian Melnyk is president of Atlantic Grid Development, an independent developer of offshore transmission networks, including the Atlantic Wind Connection project.

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