Coriolis Energy, ESB to Develop US$919 million of Wind Projects in UK

UK wind power developer Coriolis Energy has signed an agreement with Ireland’s Electricity Supply Board to jointly develop £600m (US$919 million) of projects.

The agreement covers a pipeline of nine development projects with a projected capacity of 400 megawatts. “This agreement strengthens ESB’s commitment to the expansion of its onshore wind portfolio in the UK market,” the ESB said.

The generation output would be sufficient to power 225,000 homes with the first due to start operating by 2019. The majority of projects within the portfolio are located in Scotland but opportunities for new wind farm developments will be pursued throughout the UK.

“ESB’s partnership with Coriolis Energy confirms the company’s continuing commitment to renewable electricity generation and further reducing the carbon mix in our portfolio,” said ESB CEO Pat O’Doherty. “The Coriolis Energy team have significant experience in wind energy projects that will complement ESB’s existing expertise and experience of developing and operating projects in UK and Irish markets. This partnership gives us an opportunity to increase our presence and capability in onshore wind in the UK through high quality projects.”

Coriolis Energy was formed in early 2007. ESB is an independent power generator and Ireland’s power company with an asset base in excess of £8.5Bn.

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