Google is making a commitment to green their energy supply and as part of this effort they have signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with NextEra Energy Resources for the next 20 years. The Minco II wind facility will be built as a direct result of Google’s commitment. It will be a 100.8 megawatt facility and should be operational later this year. The power will be used for their data center in Mayes County, Okla, which should be operational later this year as well.
Google has stated they are committed to reducing their carbon footprint to zero, this is just one step in that plan. In their recently published white paper on renewable energy, Google said “When we started out on this path, we realized that we had a lot of learning to do. We had basic questions, such as:
- What types of resources are most appropriate, and from where?
- How do we get the electricity to our facility to use?
- How can we make such a purchase economical, and how can it be leveraged to protect us from higher prices in the future?
- How can we maximize the impact of our green power purchases on our carbon emissions and global emissions?”
As Google stated in their recent blog post about this agreement, Oklahoma is a great place for wind power. Western Oklahoma has ranked as fair-excellent for wind power with large areas of good and excellent. With this potential we are likely to see a lot more growth in wind power in Oklahoma in the coming years.
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