Avangrid Renewables, an Iberdrola company, has won the 1.5 gigawatt Kitty Hawk offshore wind lease auction off the coast of Carolina, a lease for which other European-led industry companies such as Statoil, Wind Future and WPD Offshore Alpha also competed.
US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) acting director Walter Cruickshank said the wind energy area of 122,405 acres offshore Kitty Hawk, North Carolina was won by Avangrid with a bid of US$9,066,650.
“The success of this lease sale reflects the continued interest of coastal communities to develop their offshore energy resources,” said Secretary Zinke. “Renewable energy, like offshore wind, is one tool in the ‘all of the above’ energy toolbox that will help power America with domestic energy, securing energy independence, and bolstering the economy. This is a big win for collaborative efforts with state, local, and private sector partners.”
BOEM has been working with the North Carolina Renewable Energy Task Force since 2010 to identify an area of sufficient size for offshore wind development, while avoiding ecologically sensitive areas and multiple use conflicts. The North Carolina lease area, designated OCS-A 0508, begins about 24 nautical miles from shore and extends 25.7 nautical miles in a general southeast direction. Its seaward extent ranges from 13.5 nautical miles in the north to 0.6 of a nautical mile in the south.
Using the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s estimates of 3 megawatts (MW) per square kilometre, the lease area has a potential generating capacity of 1,486MW. The actual size of the wind energy project will be determined by the developer.