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AT&T to purchase 520MW of renewable energy from NextEra

CTBR Staff Writer Published 12 February 2018

American telecom giant AT&T has agreed to purchase 520MW of wind energy through two power purchase agreements from NextEra Energy Resources.

These two deals, as per AT&T play an important part in its strategy to achieve carbon savings. They are also considered to be one of the largest corporate renewable energy purchases in the US. 

Out of the total renewable energy purchase, 220MW will come from Minco V Wind Farm located in Caddo County, Oklahoma and the remaining 300MW will come from wind farm located in Webb and Duval Counties in Texas.

According to AT&T, the two wind farms produce enough clean energy that it is equivalent of taking away more than 350,000 passengers vehicles off the road or supplying electricity to about 250,000 homes in one year.

AT&T Operations president Scott Mair said: “As one of the world’s largest companies, we know how we source our energy is important. Many companies are focused on their own carbon footprint but we believe our industry can do more. 

“We’ve been working for a long time to ensure our wind projects deliver for both our business and the environment. We will continue to explore renewable energy solutions to help create a better, more sustainable world.” 

As part of the purchase deal, AT&T has also signed on to the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles, which consists of large energy buyers working to boost progress on renewable energy. It is led by World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

NextEra Energy Resources development senior vice president Mike O’Sullivan said: “We’re proud to work with AT&T to achieve one of the largest U.S. corporate renewable energy purchases. It’s clear that renewable energy presents a tremendous opportunity to power America’s companies with clean, affordable electricity and AT&T is helping to lead the way forward.

“Renewable projects like these also drive growth in rural communities, creating good jobs, providing additional revenue and generating positive economic impact.”

AT&T also stated since 2010, the company has implemented more than 65,000 energy efficiency projects that have resulted in annual savings of up to $427m. 

Image: AT&T is buying electricity which can be supplied to 250,000 homes per year. Photo: Courtesy of Xaver Trockis/FreeImages.com.