May 31, 2023
Clean Energy and Transmission Expert Will Aid Buildout of US & Canadian Offshore Wind Portfolio
(BOSTON, MA) – Vineyard Offshore today announced that Carrie Cullen Hitt has joined the company as Senior Director, Grid and Transmission Policy. Carrie will be part of Vineyard Offshore's External Affairs team, where she will also support the team’s state government and regulatory affairs.
“We are excited to have Carrie join our growing team here at Vineyard Offshore,” said Christian Scorzoni, VP and Head of External Affairs at Vineyard Offshore. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Carrie over the past decade and she is one of the most accomplished professionals in the energy industry. Carrie joining Vineyard Offshore will strengthen our grid policy, government and regulatory affairs team as we prepare to develop more than 6 GWs of projects on our existing leases on the East and West Coast, as well as preparing for future lease auctions.”
“I’m thrilled to be joining the offshore wind industry’s leading developer,” stated Hitt. “We stand at the threshold of unleashing a powerful new clean energy resource for North America, and Vineyard Offshore is at the forefront. I look forward to helping Vineyard Offshore make it happen.”
Carrie has worked in the energy industry for over 30 years and in offshore wind since 2018, initially leading the National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium. More recently she served as lead of US Transmission Strategy for Equinor.
Vineyard Offshore is leading the development of two lease areas in the Northeast, in addition to a recently acquired lease in Northern California, OCS – P 0562. Lease area OCS-A 522, known as Vineyard Northeast, is located off the coast of Massachusetts. OCS-A 544, known as Vineyard Mid-Atlantic, is located in the New York Bight. All three lease areas are owned by funds managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP). Combined with its joint venture development of the first-in-the-nation offshore wind project, Vineyard Wind, now under construction, Vineyard Offshore has the potential to develop more than 6 gigawatts of clean, renewable and affordable energy on the East and West Coasts of the United States, enough to power millions of homes.
Carrie served as President for New Hampshire Transmission, A NextEra Energy Transmission company. She also has served in senior market development roles for NextEra, New Energy Ventures (now Constellation), and the Solar Energy Industries Association.
She received a B.A. from Clark University and an MA from John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Carrie is co-chair of the Artemis Circle of the Boston Boy and Girls Club.