Northland pulls plug on Kitty Hawk
Eight bidders left in 1.5GW North Carolina auction
Northland Power has decided not to submit a bid in this month’s auction for the 1.5GW Kitty Hawk offshore wind zone off North Carolina.
The Canadian investor confirmed in an analysts call that it had made the decision because it believes there are better locations for projects off the north east US coast.
Northland told analysts it remains keen on bidding for future US offshore wind zones.
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, PNE Wind, Statoil and WPD.
Also in the hunt are Wind Future and Apex-owned Outer Banks Ocean Energy.