Nine in running for NC offshore
Auction for 1.5GW Kitty Hawk zone to be held 16 March
Nine companies have qualified to bid in an auction for the rights to develop an around 1.5GW offshore wind zone in North Carolina.
US federal officials will hold a commercial wind lease sale on 16 March for the so-called Kitty Hawk area some 24 nautical miles from shore.
Qualified bidders include established offshore players such as Iberdrola business Avangrid, Enbridge Holdings, Shell, Northland, PNE Wind, Statoil and WPD.
Also in the hunt are Wind Future and Apex-owned Outer Banks Ocean Energy.
“Today’s announcement demonstrates how our collaborative efforts with federal, state and local partners over the past eight years have built a foundation to harness the enormous potential of offshore wind energy,” said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.
“The lease sale underscores the growing market demand for renewable energy and strong industry interest in meeting that demand.”
A Final Sale Notice will be published on 19 January including relevant information such as deadlines and milestones for bidders, the area available for leasing, lease provisions and conditions, auction details, criteria for evaluating bids, award procedures and lease execution.
Image: turbines staged for deployment at the first US wind farm off Block Island (GZA)