Energy company's expansion
ScottishPower exports wind farm skills to US
Chief corporate officer Keith Anderson says the company, owned by the Spanish firm Iberdrola, now has the biggest offshore development of any company in America.
It is setting up an office in Boston, Massachusetts, to oversee its new projects. The first is Vineyard Wind 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard.
Scottish Renewables has acquired a 50% stake in the project which spans 115 square miles and will begin generating power within five years.
It is suggested that it could grow to three times the size of the largest offshore wind farm now operating in the UK.
The second project will be located off the coast of North Carolina and is expected to be functioning by 2025.
Scottish Power Renewables currently operates in Germany and France but the move to the US is seen as a step change in its international ambitions.
It represents a return to large-scale investment by ScottishPower in the US following its short-lived move into the west coast states when it acquired energy generator PacifiCorp in 2000. It sold most of the business five years later.
Mr Anderson, speaking to the Telegraph, said: “We as a country are seen to be the leaders in this type of technology. It’s great to be creating opportunities and developing skills in the UK, but also to see these being exported.”
Emma Pinchbeck of RenewableUK, the industry’s trade body, told the paper that British innovation and expertise are valued highly around the world.
“Other countries are looking closely at our world-leading offshore wind industry and seeking to learn from it, so that they can emulate our success,” she said.