CIP swaps US offshore wind assets to consolidate its renewables market position and accelerate growth

CIP and Avangrid Renewables have come to an agreement to restructure their US offshore wind joint venture by swapping ownership of jointly owned assets. CIP will become the 100% owner of the federal lease area OCS-A 522, which can accommodate up to 2,500MW of offshore wind power.

About the asset swap

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has entered into an agreement to restructure its US offshore wind joint venture with Avangrid Renewables, LLC, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR). The restructuring will allow CIP and Avangrid Renewables to focus on their own expansion plans in the US offshore wind market and better align project timelines with the sponsors’ strategic objectives.

CIP, a pioneer in offshore wind globally, successfully entered the US offshore wind market in 2016 and decisively moved forward with developing the 800MW Vineyard Wind 1 project, which achieved financial close just last week. For the past five years, CIP has co-led the development of all projects within the US offshore wind joint venture and will also co-lead the construction phase of the Vineyard Wind 1 project, delivering the first commercial scale project in the US.

Following the restructuring, CIP will become the 100% owner of lease area OCS-A 522, which can accommodate up to 2,500MW of offshore wind power, and Avangrid Renewables will become the 100% owner of lease area OCS-A 534, containing the 804MW Park City Wind project and the prospective 1,200MW Commonwealth Wind project. Given the more advanced development status of Park City Wind and Commonwealth Wind, CIP will also receive a net payment of $167.5 million by Avangrid Renewables at closing, expected in the next six months.

Strong prospects in US offshore wind for CIP

The US offshore wind market is set to reach 30GW of capacity by 2030 and via lease area OCS-A 0522, CIP will be able to deliver a significant amount of offshore wind capacity to the US power grid, allowing the individual states and the federal government to reach their respective renewable energy targets. Lease area 522 has the highest wind resource of any federal lease area in the US and has strong fundamentals to compete for power contracts. Showcasing the strategic value of the site, projects in the lease area will be able to deliver clean energy from New York to Massachusetts. Overall, the lease area will require an investment of more than USD 10 billion and create thousands of local jobs over the course of the projects’ lifetime.

“We strongly believe in the fundamentals of offshore wind and we see significant growth opportunities in the US offshore wind market. We have been front runners in the US offshore wind market by taking Vineyard Wind 1 to financial close, and we are looking forward to doing the same with the projects to be developed in lease area 522.” says Michael Hannibal, Partner in CIP. “We are fully committed to developing the 522 lease area and will use the best in class experiences of our US team to advance these exciting projects quickly and efficiently.”.

CIP will also be looking to secure more offshore wind capacity through the upcoming lease auctions to be held by BOEM in the New York Bight area and California.

About Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners P/S (CIP) is a fund management company focused on energy infrastructure including offshore wind, onshore wind, solar PV, biomass and energy-from-waste, transmission and distribution, reserve capacity and storage, and other energy assets like Power-to-X.

CIP is one of the largest financial sponsors in offshore wind globally, and a first mover in the US offshore wind maket. In the US, CIP has been involved in the development, construction and operations of more than 12 GW of renewable energy projects.

CIP manages eight funds and has approximately EUR 16 billion under management. PensionDanmark was the founding and sole investor in CI I and CI A I. Today CIP’s funds have approximately 100 international institutional investors from the Nordics, Continental Europe, the UK, Israel, Asia, Australia, and North America and multi-lateral organizations e.g. EIB.

CIP was founded in 2012 by senior executives from the energy industry in cooperation with PensionDanmark. CIP has approximately 250 employees and offices in Copenhagen, Hamburg, New York, Tokyo, Utrecht, and London.

For any further information relating to Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, please contact:
Kelly Bork, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Phone: +45 70 70 51 51
Email: cip@cip.dk