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Case Study Webinar: Atlantic Wind Connection Project

Case Study Webinar: Atlantic Wind Connection Project

This free Burns & McDonnell webinar introduces you to the Atlantic Wind Connection (AWC) Project, a sub-sea HVDC backbone transmission system extending from northern New Jersey to southern Virginia. Speaker Paul McCoy of the Atlantic Wind Connection (AWC) Project, will join Rick Bush, T&D World editorial director, and Mike Beehler, vice president of Burns & McDonnell, for a discussion. The project's purpose is threefold:

  1. To serve as an efficient collector of AC power from offshore wind farms
  2. To relieve transmission congestion on the eastern AC grid
  3. To improve regional system reliability

The fully constructed AWC Project will consist of two parallel HVDC circuits extending 250 miles along the Mid-Atlantic coastline. Each circuit, consisting of two cables, is approximately 300 miles long. The project will be capable of injecting 6,000 MW of power (with an option for 7,000 MW) from up to nine offshore platforms, each equipped with an HVDC voltage sourced converter (VSC) station, interconnected with the onshore transmission grid at up to seven locations along the coastline. The AWC Project plans include use of ±320-kV DC cables with a back bone that will parallel the Mid-Atlantic coast 12 to 20 miles offshore and connect to the PJM grid in Delaware and Maryland, in addition to northern terminals in New Jersey and southern terminals in Virginia.


Friday, Oct. 21
1 p.m. CST

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Paul D. McCoy is the president and chief operating officer of Trans-Elect Development Co. LLC. He leads the execution of the company's electric transmission development plans, directs its regulatory and policy work, and oversees the operation of the company's assets. He also serves as one of the principals of the Atlantic Grid Development Co. LLC (AGD), leading the contracting and procurement process and managing interaction of the AGD project with the PJM Interconnection LLC's Regional Transmission Expansion Plan process. Before joining Trans-Elect, McCoy was with Unicom and Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), serving for seven years as a member of the senior executive policy team. At ComEd, he had direct responsibility for the planning, design, construction and operation functions for transmission and distribution systems.

McCoy has held leadership positions at major utility industry organizations, including serving as chairman of the Mid-America Interconnected Network, a board member of the North American Electric Reliability Corp., chairman of the National Electric Energy Testing, Research and Applications Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a member of the Electric Power Research Institute Research Advisory Council. He was a leader in the formation of the Midwest Independent System Operator and was the vice chairman of its Transmission Owners Committee.

He has a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and is a licensed professional engineer.