US-based energy company PPL Corporation has partnered with Belgian transmission system operator Elia Group to develop power transmission solutions in New England, US.

The transmission solutions will aim to integrate future offshore wind capacity into the region’s onshore power grid.

PPL signed the agreement through its PPL TransLink subsidiary while Elia Group entered the deal through its subsidiary WindGrid .

The two subsidiaries will work together to develop, build and operate transmission assets as part of the agreement.

PPL Corporation president and CEO Vincent Sorgi said: “As the US seeks to accelerate the development of offshore wind to advance a cleaner energy future, it’s essential that we prepare to integrate that wind generation as reliably and efficiently as possible to strengthen grid resilience and keep energy affordable.

“Both PPL and Elia Group are at the forefront of grid innovation, and together with WindGrid, we intend to leverage our shared vision and deep expertise to propose solutions that advance decarbonisation goals, enhance energy security and drive value for consumers.”

The partnership will combine PPL’s expertise in developing large-scale onshore transmission links in the US with Elia Group’s experience in building, integrating and operating offshore transmission systems, including high-voltage direct current networks.

PPL and WindGrid also plan to respond to a request for information (RFI ) issued by five New England states, namely Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine and New Hampshire.

Under the RFI, the five states will seek inputs from stakeholders regarding the changes and upgrades needed to integrate future renewable energy resources into their grids.

Elia Group CEO Chris Peeters said: “Both PPL and Elia Group share the same open mind and vision regarding innovative offshore transmission solutions.

“By uniting our complementary skills and building on the experience Elia Group has built up in Europe, we want to undertake offshore development in the interest of society.”