Upon closing, this transaction will increase bpWE’s net wind generation capacity by more than 15%, to 1,076 MW. bpWE currently operates the Fowler Ridge 1, 2 and 3 wind assets, which include 355 turbines spanning more than 42,000 acres and powering roughly 160,000 homes annually.
“We are excited to announce this transaction in the context of bp’s ambition to become a net zero company,” said bpWE CEO Al Vickers. “We have the operating, trading, and financial capabilities to operate efficiently, extend the life of assets and maximize the value from wind energy. This reflects our confidence in renewable energy, and the possibility for further growth in this sector.”
The acquisition of the remaining 50% of Fowler Ridge 1 advances bp’s recently announced aim to increase the portion of investment into low and zero carbon energy systems.
bpWE operates nine onshore wind assets across six states and holds an ownership interest in a tenth, in Hawaii. Together, they generate enough electricity to power 450,000 homes annually. bp also owns ONYX InSight, an international provider of digital and predictive maintenance solutions to the wind industry.
The Fowler Ridge 1 transaction is expected to close before the end of the year, pending regulatory approval.
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