It may not be the most stylish step forward but it's an important one: The Department of Interior has announced that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has made a "finding of no competitive interest" regarding a proposed undersea electric transmission line in the Mid-Atlantic states.
Which means that a crucial part of distributing all the power generated from offshore wind farms in the US (when any actually get built, but that's another issue) can proceed.The transmission line, proposed by Atlantic Grid Holdings, would allow 7 GW of electricity from offshore wind farms access to the grid.
Interior describes it:
The proposed project is a high-voltage, direct-current subsea transmission system that would collect power generated by wind turbine facilities off the Atlantic coasts of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. The first such offshore infrastructure proposed in the United States, the system’s parallel, redundant circuits would total about 790 miles in length. Major investors in the Atlantic Wind Connection proposal include Google, Inc.; Good Energies II, LP; Marubeni Corporation and Elia. [...] The proposed transmission line would be constructed in phases to connect offshore wind power to the grid based on the company’s estimates of when offshore wind generation facilities will be in place. A right-of-way grant occupies a corridor 200 feet wide, centered on the cable with additional widths at the hubs. The right-of-way grant corridor is anticipated to extend about 790 statute miles. Full construction of all phases of the multi-stage project would take about 10 years.