European offshore wind giant buys US‘ most successful offshore wind company

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Several offshore wind turbines.
Enlarge / Gode wind farm off the coast of Germany.

One of many greatest offshore wind builders in Europe, a Danish firm known as Ørsted, bought US offshore wind developer Deepwater Wind on Monday. The transfer suggests confidence in an increasing US offshore wind trade.

There are greater than 15 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind in Europe, with extra capability being added yearly.
However within the US, just one business offshore wind set up presently generates energy: Deepwater Wind’s 30 megawatts (MW) pilot mission off Block Island, Rhode Island. Nonetheless, the Atlantic Coast is seen as fertile floor for an increasing offshore wind trade, because the coastal space is close to big inhabitants facilities with sturdy, dependable ocean breezes.

Consequently, contracts for larger offshore wind installations off Massachusetts and New York have been signed within the earlier 12 months. However Ørsted had hassle touchdown a few of these larger contracts, in response to The Wall Road Journal. Regardless of the Danish firm’s expertise, Deepwater Wind had extra success wooing native governments and US-based utilities. With Ørsted’s buy of Deepwater Wind, the European engineering agency hopes to make the most of Deepwater’s skill to shut US offers. The US firm has a mission off the coast of Lengthy Island and a second mission off the coast of Rhode Island in improvement.

In line with The New York Instances, Ørsted paid Deepwater Wind’s proprietor, hedge fund D.E. Shaw Group, $510 million to accumulate the agency. Deepwater Wind will develop into Orsted US Offshore Wind, the Instances writes.

“We will see a really giant trade rising,” Thomas Brostrøm, the chief govt of Ørsted’s US offshore wind division informed the WSJ. “We consider that, over the following 10 years, we will see 10 gigawatts of offshore wind being constructed—and we wish to be in place to make the most of this progress.” Ten gigawatts of offshore wind is a gigantic quantity—Ørsted itself says it is going to solely have 7.45GW by the tip of 2020. That features offshore wind farms within the UK, Denmark, Germany, and Taiwan.

Ørsted was previously often called DONG Vitality (brief for Danish Oil and Pure Gasoline). Lately, the agency bought off its coal crops and oil and gasoline fields and pivoted into renewable vitality, the WSJ wrote.

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