US company Catamount Energy and Norwegian electricity generator Statkraft have joined forces to financially back the UK development activities of British wind energy development company Force 9. Catamount, the renewable energy subsidiary of Central Vermont Public Service Corp, has been working with Force 9 since it was set up in 2002 by David Butterworth, formerly of National Wind Power. Working with Catamount has helped Force 9 build up its growing portfolio, says Butterworth. Statkraft aims to be a European leader in renewable energy, says the company's Haakon Alfstad. "This deal significantly enhances our ability to grow our UK wind portfolio over the next several years." Statkraft is already involved with UK offshore wind projects from both the first and second rounds of development. Force 9 is developing six projects in Scotland, England and Wales totalling 300 MW. They include a 66 MW wind farm in Perthshire for which a planning application was lodged in January. Butterworth expects to apply for consent for the other five projects over the next couple of years.
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