Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners acquires two hydro power projects in US

12 November 2020 (Last Updated November 12th, 2020 11:03)

Danish investment firm Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has announced the acquisition of two closed-loop pump storage hydro projects in the US on behalf of Copenhagen Infrastructure IV K/S.

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners acquires two hydro power projects in US
The hydro power projects are located in Oregon and Washington. Credit: Roger Starnes Sr on Unsplash.

Danish investment firm Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has announced the acquisition of two closed-loop pump storage hydro projects in the US on behalf of Copenhagen Infrastructure IV K/S.

As part of the deal, CIP acquired the 400MW Swan Lake hydro project in Klamath County, Oregon, and the 1,200MW Goldendale project in Klickitat County, Washington.

Swan Lake secured its 50-year Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licence last year, while Goldendale filed an application with FERC in June.

CIP senior partner Christian Skakkebæk said: “At CIP, we focus on teaming with leading developers and making investments in energy infrastructure assets with a high degree of stability in cash flows.

“With the long investment horizon of our funds, it enables us to participate in large projects overseeing contracting, de-risking, financing, construction and operation.

“Pumped storage hydro is a unique and valuable asset class that will be a key resource as the global transition to renewable energy continues to accelerate in states such as Oregon, Washington and Montana.”

The two hydro projects were owned and in development under a joint venture (JV) between Rye Development (Rye) and National Grid.

Rye has agreed to lead the development of the two hydro projects until the start of construction.

Rye Development vice-president Erik Steimle said: “CIP recognises the long-term importance of new storage infrastructure projects to help harness and store wind and solar energy for meeting peak demand as both Washington and Oregon move toward a 100% clean electricity grid, cost-effectively and reliably.”

Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Last September, CIP acquired the 374MW onshore wind portfolio Monegros in Aragon, Spain, for an undisclosed sum.