New Projects, Renewables, Wind

Scottish Power Wins Right to Build Two U.S. Offshore Wind Projects

By Editors of Power Engineering

ScottishPower has won the rights for two massive U.S. wind farms that could total a combined 4 GW.

The two sites include the 1,500-MW Vineyard Wind project, which will span 115 square miles south of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, and an unnamed project in North Carolina that will generate up to 2,500 MW, Business Insider reported.

Vineyard Wind alone will be three times the size of the largest offshore wind project in the United Kingdom. That project is scheduled to begin operations in 2022, while the North Carolina project will become operational by 2025.

Keith Anderson, head of ScottishPower, said the company might have the largest offshore development pipeline of any company in America.

“The cost differential between onshore and offshore was so large that a lot of people never thought that America would be interested,” he said. “But now we’re staring to see the process pick up speed as the cost of offshore wind comes down.”

ScottishPower is also developing offshore wind in Germany and France.