Commercial, Sourcing Renewables, Wind - June 18, 2018
AT&T expands RE in Texas
AT&T announced on June 15 – Global Wind Day – that it is expanding its renewable energy program in Texas by way of a PPA for 300 megawatts from two new wind farm projects.
In a statement, AT&T noted the agreement with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources will source energy from two new wind farm projects in Wilbarger and Hardeman Counties, Texas. This new agreement builds on AT&T's previously announced deals for two wind energy centers in Webb and Duval Counties in Texas and Caddo County, Oklahoma.
Together, these PPAs will deliver 820 MW of wind power, and constitute one of the largest corporate renewable energy purchases in the U.S., according to the Business Renewables Center.
"We're going big on renewable energy. It's a clean, abundant, renewable source of home-grown power," said Joe Taylor, vice president of global tech optimization and implementation, AT&T. "As one of the world's largest companies, our investments can help scale this critical energy source for America's transition to a low-carbon economy."
"We are pleased to work with AT&T to expand the reach of renewable energy and provide a significant economic boost to local communities, both in Texas and Oklahoma," said Kevin Gildea, NextEra Energy Resources' vice president of development. "Wind energy is helping drive the clean energy economy, providing new and exciting job opportunities in rural communities as well as millions of dollars in additional revenue with which to help enhance schools, roads and other essential services."
AT&T's renewable energy program is a key component of its "10x Carbon Reduction Goal" and is part of the company's larger commitment to the environment. Since 2010, AT&T has put into place more than 65,000 energy efficiency projects resulting in annualized savings of $427 million, according to the company.
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