MilliporeSigma, Akamai Technologies, Synopsys and Uber signed power purchase agreements with Enel Green Power for the energy produced by a 111-MW portion of the Azure Sky wind project located in Texas.
The aggregation deal, a model that lets companies with smaller and more distributed energy needs to combine their renewable energy demand to collaboratively purchase renewable energy, is among the largest aggregation deals in the world.
“This aggregation deal demonstrates an extraordinary shift in the renewable energy purchasing market to give businesses with modest energy demand, but ambitious renewable energy goals, the opportunity to procure renewable energy in a cost-effective way,” said Georgios Papadimitriou, Head of Enel Green Power in the United States and Canada. “As more companies of all sizes look to power their operations with clean energy, Enel is uniquely positioned to enable that transition, by creating customized solutions to meet the energy needs of all buyers.”
MilliporeSigma, the life science business of Merck KGaA, of Darmstadt, Germany, will purchase the energy generated by a 68 MW portion of the Azure Sky wind project to help the company towards its goal of climate neutrality by 2040.
“To reach our goal of becoming climate neutral by 2040, accessing renewable energy programs like the Azure Sky Wind Project will be critical to MilliporeSigma and so many companies as they put into action environmentally conscious strategies and policies,” said Chris Ross, Interim CEO, MilliporeSigma.
Akamai, a platform for securing and delivering digital experiences plans to purchase an 18-MW portion of the project to support the company’s commitment to run its network as efficiently as possible, to be mindful of its power usage and to minimize the negative environmental impacts of its global operations.
“Akamai has led the way in innovative renewable energy projects since 2018, when we were a part of the United States’ first corporate aggregated virtual power purchase agreement — a game-changing approach for smaller renewable energy buyers. Today we are proud to continue that legacy by participating in the largest aggregation to date,” said Mike Mattera, director, Corporate Sustainability, Akamai Technologies.
Synopsys works in chip design, verification, IP integration and software security and quality testing. The company will purchase a 15-MW portion of the project to support its ambitious emissions reduction goal.
“This landmark virtual power purchase agreement is instrumental to Synopsys’ ability to deliver on its greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 25% by 2024,” said Barbara Donaldson, senior VP of workplace resources at Synopsys. “The 15 MW of wind generation capacity will help Synopsys mitigate approximately 70% of our projected North American emissions, leading to new renewable energy on the grid and displacing fossil fuels.”
Uber will purchase a 10 MW portion of the Azure Sky wind + storage project helping the company progress towards its global commitment to becoming a zero-emission mobility platform by 2040. This project helps Uber achieve its pledge to match all of its US offices with 100% renewable electricity by 2025 while expanding to data centers and global locations by 2030.
“As the largest mobility platform in the world, we know that our impact goes beyond our technology. We want to do our part to build back better and support a green recovery to our cities and communities,” said Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber.
The wind energy purchased by the four companies is expected to generate around 430,000 MWh each year, equivalent to the electricity used by approximately 40,000 average U.S. homes annually.
Located west of the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Throckmorton County, Texas, the Azure Sky wind + storage project includes a 350 MW wind project paired with approximately 137 MW of battery storage and is expected to be operational in the first half of 2022. In addition to the four companies under the aggregation deal, Enel will also sell the electricity produced by a 100-MW portion of the Azure wind project to Kellogg Company.
News item from Enel Green Power North America