Wind energy

bp’s large and growing US wind energy business provides clean power, while developing and deploying new technologies to deliver that energy more efficiently. Rapidly growing our renewables business is core to our strategy: by 2030, we aim to have developed around 50GW of net renewable generating capacity globally, up from 3.3GW in 2020. The strategy also includes increasing bp’s annual low carbon investment ten-fold, to around $5 billion a year.

Our first US offshore wind project – undertaken with Equinor – is expected to have the potential to generate power for more than two million homes in New York.

Our first US offshore wind project – undertaken with Equinor – is expected to have the potential to generate power for more than two million homes in New York.

Wind turbine seen through the grass at our Cedar Creek wind farm in Colorado. Together, 122 turbines can generate enough electricity to power approximately 65,000 homes.

Wind turbine seen through the grass at our Cedar Creek wind farm in Colorado. Together, 122 turbines can generate enough electricity to power approximately 65,000 homes.

Aerial shot of our Mehoopany wind farm in Pennsylvania. This 9,000-acre farm can generate enough electricity to power approximately 38,000 homes.

Aerial shot of our Mehoopany wind farm in Pennsylvania. This 9,000-acre farm can generate enough electricity to power approximately 38,000 homes.

View of multiple turbines at our Goshen wind farm in Idaho, which can generate enough electricity to power approximately 33,00 homes.

View of multiple turbines at our Goshen wind farm in Idaho, which can generate enough electricity to power approximately 33,00 homes.

A view of our expansive Fowler Ridge wind farm in Indiana. This sprawling 42,000-acre site can generate enough electricity to power approximately 160,000 homes.

A view of our expansive Fowler Ridge wind farm in Indiana. This sprawling 42,000-acre site can generate enough electricity to power approximately 160,000 homes.

Growing our onshore business

We currently operate nine onshore wind assets across six states — Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Pennsylvania and South Dakota — and hold an ownership interest in a tenth onshore asset, in Hawaii. Together, our US wind farms generate enough renewable electricity to power up to 450,000 homes a year.

In Indiana, bp already operates all three Fowler Ridge wind farms, which collectively have 355 turbines powering roughly 160,000 homes annually. In July 2020, we agreed to purchase the remaining 50% interest in our Fowler Ridge 1 wind farm from Dominion Fowler Ridge Wind, LLC, boosting our net US wind generating capacity by more than 15%, to 1,076 MW.

bp recycled the existing fiberglass blades and related equipment at Flat Ridge 1 to keep some 1.5 million pounds of fiberglass out of landfills.

bp recycled the existing fiberglass blades and related equipment at Flat Ridge 1 to keep some 1.5 million pounds of fiberglass out of landfills.

At the forefront of new technology

In September 2020, we completed a major technology upgrade at our Flat Ridge 1 wind farm in south-central Kansas, replacing 19 existing turbine units with new Vestas turbines that are expected to deliver a 20–25% gain in energy production across the site.

This project is a significant step forward in our ongoing efforts to optimize and grow bp wind energy. bp has been in renewables for more than 20 years, and we believe it’s important to remain at the forefront of wind energy technology. This project supports that goal, as well as our broader ambition to become a net zero company by 2050 or sooner.

Al Vickers
CEO of bp wind energy

Additionally, the bp Wind Energy team continues to increase their partnership and projects with ONYX Insights – an industry leading predictive analytics provider and a wholly owned subsidiary of bp. By leveraging this technology, we can better understand the life span of turbine components at our wind farms, improve maintenance schedules, reduce costs and avoid breakdowns.

Entry into offshore wind

And we’re not just staying onshore. Our strategic partnership with Equinor will develop US offshore wind projects, starting with up to 4.4 GW across the Northeast coast – projects known as Empire Wind and Beacon Wind. The Empire Wind lease area sits 15–30 miles southeast of Long Island, New York, while Beacon Wind lies about 20 miles south of Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Equinor will remain operator of the Empire and Beacon projects in the development, construction and operations phases. bp will nominate the deputy project director for Empire Wind, and over time the wind assets will be staffed equally by bp and Equinor.

When fully developed, they will generate enough electricity to power more than 2 million homes. First power from Empire Wind 1 is expected in the mid-2020s. This is just the beginning of a partnership to pursue further growth in the US offshore wind market.

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