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Offshore Wind Power Transmission Line Will Connect in DE

The first phase of an offshore wind transmission line would connect to the regional power grid in southern Delaware.

The Atlantic Wind Connection plans to file an application Thursday for the rights to build on a 200-foot-wide right of way about ten miles to 18 miles offshore.

The $5 billion underwater "backbone" would connect offshore wind farms with a 300-mile underwater transmission line running past New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. By connecting at the Indian River substation in Millsboro, Delaware, the developer could send power to Washington, D.C. and points west with a high-voltage line proposed by Delmarva Power's parent company.

Google has a 42-percent stake in the project slated to start in 2013 and wrap up in 2021.

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