EDISON - Google announced yesterday that it will be pumping money into offshore wind development.

The company and a group of technology and investment firms have set aside $1.8 billion to build a network of deepwater transmission lines for future wind farms off the East Coast.

The companies say the transmission lines would run from New Jersey to Virginia. The network would tie into PJM's electrical grid, which serves 13 states and Washington, D.C.

Google said in a recent blog post, when built out, the Atlantic Wind Connection (AWC) backbone will stretch 350 miles off the coast and will be able to connect 6,000MW of offshore wind turbines.

Trans-Elect CEO Robert Mitchell says the first phase of the project will run 150 miles in federal waters from New Jersey to Delaware and be complete by early 2016.

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