EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) has signed enough wind-turbine supply agreements to enable the construction of over 3 GW of new wind projects in support of its U.S. wind ambitions for 2017-2020. In addition, the company is poised to qualify for another 500 MW or so in its strategic re-powering program.
Recent agreements with Vestas, GE, and Siemens have position EDF RE to build and service wind projects in accordance with the guidelines of the production tax credits (PTC).
“The North American market is very strong and our development plan for 2017-2020 expects to capitalize on the positive momentum to support jobs in the wind sector and incremental revenues to farmers that host our projects and provide cost-competitive energy to consumers and businesses,” said Tristan Grimbert, President & CEO for EDF EN North America.
According to the 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report, the U.S, wind workforce has grown by 32% since 2015 to reach an all-time record of 102,000 jobs. Wind energy not only offers jobs but also provides rural America a weather-resistant cash crop that is cost-competitive with all other sources of electricity in many areas of the country, saving consumers money on their electric bills and hedging against rising prices for fuel.
Companies such as Google, Procter & Gamble, Salesforce, Microsoft and many more have announced commitments to source 100% of their energy from renewable sources.
“This strong growth in wind energy relies in part on two trends,” said Grimbert. “First, utilities embrace renewable energy sources as a major part of the future energy mix. And secondly, America’s corporate sector is demonstrating leadership in the drive for a low-carbon economy through the purchase and investment in affordable clean energy.”
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