A critical link for making offshore wind energy a reality in New Jersey is one step closer to reality as the Atlantic Wind Connection announced the state will be the site of the company’s first phase of an offshore electrical transmission cable.

Construction on the NJ Energy Link could begin by 2016, the company said in a news release, and could be in service by 2019. The connection, which will span the length of New Jersey and be built in three phases, will carry 3,000 megawatts of electricity. The cable, the first of its kind in New Jersey, would link offshore windmills to the grid on land.

Investors and financing for the multibillion dollar project includes Google, Bregal Energy and the Marubeni Corporation, according to the news release.