ABB_id2059
in News Departments > Projects & Contracts
print the content item

Google has signed a deal to buy all of the output from the 240 MW Happy Hereford wind project, located outside Amarillo, Texas.

In an official blog post, Matt Pfile, Google's senior manager of data center energy and location strategy, explains the company entered the power purchase agreement with Chermac Energy, a Native American-owned developer in Oklahoma. The project is slated to be operational in late 2014 and will supply energy to the Southwest Power Pool grid, which serves the company’s data center in Oklahoma.

“Due to the current structure of the market, we can’t consume the renewable energy produced by the wind farm directly, but the impact on our overall carbon footprint and the amount of renewable energy on the grid is the same as if we could consume it,” explains Pfile in the blog post. “After purchasing the renewable energy, we’ll retire the renewable energy credits (RECs) and sell the energy itself to the wholesale market. We’ll apply any additional RECs produced under this agreement to reduce our carbon footprint elsewhere.”

Pfile notes that this wind PPA is Google’s fifth and biggest long-term commitment to date, and the company has now signed up for a total 570 MW of wind power.

In March, a Google spokesperson talked with NAW about the company’s wind-procurement ambitions. To read that article, click HERE.





Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015

Trachte_id2056
Latest Top Stories

High Net-Worth Investors Claim ‘All Of The Above’ On Energy; Renewable And Otherwise

According to a recent Morgan Stanley poll, high-dollar investors favor investment in renewable energy technologies, such as wind and solar.


U.S. Wind Power Installations Surpassed 4.7 GW Last Year, Although China Still Leads

Bloomberg New Energy Finance reports that U.S. wind installations came back in a big way from a disappointing 2013.


IRS Specifies Performance, Quality Standards For Small Wind Turbines

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued guidelines creating safety and performance standards for small wind turbines to be eligible for the 30% investment tax credit.


Hot Times North Of The Border: Canada Tops Previous Record For Installed Wind Capacity

For the second consecutive year, Canada's wind market has bested the country's previous mark for new installations.


Report: Policy Uncertainty Fuels Market Exodus As Firms Bolt North American Wind Industry

The global wind energy supply chain has yet to recover from the slump that began in 2013. In fact, many segments are undergoing a transformation, according to market research firm FTI Consulting.

Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015