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Equinor acquires energy storage developer in the US

Battery storage facility
(Photo: East Point Energy LLC)

Equinor has signed an agreement to buy a 100% stake in the US based battery storage developer East Point Energy LLC. The acquisition supports Equinor’s ambition to be a leading company in the energy transition and provides a platform for broadening our energy offerings in the US.

The privately owned East Point Energy is headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia and has a 4.1 GW current pipeline of early to mid-stage battery storage projects focused on the US East Coast. Additional growth potential beyond the current pipeline has been identified.

Olav Kolbeinstveit - portrait
Olav Kolbeinstveit, senior vice president for power and markets within Renewables at Equinor.
(Photo: Arne Reidar Mortensen / Equinor ASA)

“The acquisition of East Point Energy represents Equinor’s entry into the US power market through flexible assets. It will enable Equinor to further unlock the potential we see in the renewables space in the US, capturing value from volatility in the power markets and providing reliable services to the grid,” says Olav Kolbeinstveit, senior vice president for power and markets within Renewables at Equinor.

Battery storage will play an important role in the energy transition as the world increases its share of intermittent renewable power. Battery storage is key to enabling further penetration of renewables, can contribute to stabilizing power markets and improve the security of supply. The acquisition will provide us with attractive investment opportunities, and the projects will contribute to lifting the return on our renewable portfolio while at the same time lowering the portfolio risk.

Equinor sees a strong opportunity to create a profitable business by deploying battery storage assets in selected power markets. This is based on the flexible nature of the assets and Equinor’s advanced trading capabilities through the wholly-owned energy trading house Danske Commodities.

Siri Espedal Kindem - portrait
Siri Espedal Kindem, senior vice president for Equinor Renewables US.

The acquisition of East Point Energy is another step in this direction following the 2021 investment in Noriker Power Limited, a leading battery storage developer in the United Kingdom. The acquisition also further diversifies Equinor’s energy offerings in the US, strengthening our role as a reliable supplier of energy. Adding flexible battery storage will complement Equinor’s portfolio of offshore wind, upstream oil and gas and growing opportunities in the hydrogen and CCS space.

East Point Energy has a competent team, that since 2018, has matured and divested a number of high-quality, ready-to-build battery storage projects in the US energy market. East Point Energy will become a subsidiary of Equinor with its team continuing to develop the business, as well as adding capabilities to own and operate energy storage projects in the near future.

Andrew Foukal - portrait
Andrew Foukal, CEO of East Point Energy.

“We look forward to working together with East Point Energy to build a portfolio of battery storage assets in the US. This strengthens and diversifies our existing renewable energy offerings in the US, which includes substantial offshore wind projects Empire Wind and Beacon Wind,” says Siri Espedal Kindem, senior vice president for Equinor Renewables US.

“On behalf of the East Point Energy team, I am excited to welcome Equinor as the new owner. We look forward to a long and successful relationship developing, owning and operating energy storage projects in the US,” says Andrew Foukal, CEO of East Point Energy.

The transaction agreements were signed on 9 July and the transaction is planned to be completed in Q3 2022.

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Equinor in the US

Equinor has had a presence in the US since 1987 and is developing a broad energy portfolio. We are active in the Gulf of Mexico as the 5th largest producer of oil & gas. We also produce natural gas and natural gas liquids onshore from the Marcellus/Utica formations in the Appalachian Basins. We have the ambition to develop low-carbon value chains around hydrogen and carbon capture and storage in the Appalachian region.

Within renewables, Equinor is one of the largest offshore wind developers in the US, operating two lease areas, Empire Wind and Beacon Wind. We are actively developing three projects: Empire Wind 1, Empire Wind 2, and Beacon Wind 1. Once completed, these projects will produce enough electricity to power about 2 million New York homes.

Map showing US power markets where East Point Energy operates
US power markets where East Point Energy are maturing projects.

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