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AT&T buys 520MW from NextEra sites

UNITED STATES: Telecommunications company AT&T will buy power produced from 520MW of two wind farms in Oklahoma and Texas developed by subsidiaries of NextEra Energy Resources.

Minco V will be part of a wind power complex which also includes the 99.2MW Minco 1 (above)
Minco V will be part of a wind power complex which also includes the 99.2MW Minco 1 (above)

It has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) for 220MW from the Minco V wind farm in Caddo county, central Oklahoma, and for 300MW from the Torrecillas project which is spread across Webb and Duvall counties in southern Texas.

NextEra’s Minco V was initially slated to come online this year, but has been delayed due to lawsuits with local landowners over the proximity of the site to their land. No update is given on NextaEra’s project list on the developer’s website, which was last updated on 31 December 2017.

Torrecillas, meanwhile, is due to be completed in 2019. The 300MW site is currently owned by Bordas Wind Energy, a joint venture of energy developers Map Energy and Enerverse LLC, but once commissioned will pass over to NextEra.

AT&T described the energy purchased from the two projects as a "key component" of its goal to develop energy solutions that deliver carbon savings "ten times the footprint of our operations by 2025".

"As one of the world’s largest companies, we know how we source our energy is important," said Scott Mair, AT&T’s president of operations.

"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," Mair added.

Since 2010, AT&T has embarked upon a number of energy efficiency projects, including reducing fleet emissions by 99,000 metric tons of CO2e and reducing its domestic fleet by 1,800 vehicles by 2016.

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