Commercial, Industrial, Wind - March 18, 2021
AT&T and Ball to receive wind power from new Okla. facility
A 350 MW wind project that will provide power to AT&T and Ball Corporation is now commercially operational in Kay County, Okla.
The Frontier Winpower II project is the largest wind power facility developed by Duke Energy Renewables. Combined with the nearby 200 MW Frontier Windpower project, operational since 2016, the two projects are generating a total of 550 MW.
"At AT&T, we believe renewable energy is good for the planet, for our business, and for the communities we serve," Scott Mair, president of AT&T Network Engineering & Operations, said in a statement. "With more than 1.5 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity, our portfolio delivers clean electricity to the grid, helps to create jobs and community benefits, and supports the transition to a low-carbon economy. This is an important piece of our journey to reach carbon neutrality across our global operations by 2035."
AT&T and Ball corporation signed 15-year VPPAs for 160 MW and 161 MW, respectively, with the project. The new construction includes 74 4.8 MW wind turbines, supplied for the site by Nordex Group.
“In 2019 Ball Corporation released new climate goals approved by the Science Based Target Initiative, including a 55% absolute reduction in our Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 with a significant portion of that reduction coming from our global transition to renewable energy, ” said Kathleen Pitre, chief commercial officer and chief sustainability officer of Ball Corporation. “Partnering with Duke Energy on the Frontier II project is a momentous step in helping Ball achieve our Science Based Targets, reduce the carbon footprint of our beverage cans and support our customers’ sustainability goals. As the largest aluminum beverage packaging manufacturer in the world and a leading corporate buyer of renewable energy in our industry, the Frontier II project will contribute to Ball meeting our target to address 100% of our North American electricity load with renewable energy.”
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