AT&T has announced plans to purchase 520 MW of U.S. wind power through two agreements with subsidiaries of NextEra Energy Resources.
One deal involves 220 MW of power from the Minco V Wind Farm, located in Caddo County, Okla. Another 300 MW will come from a wind farm in Webb and Duval counties in Texas. The projects are expected to generate savings equivalent to taking 350,595 passenger vehicles off the road or providing electricity for a quarter-million homes per year, says AT&T.
“As one of the world’s largest companies, we know how we source our energy is important,” says Scott Mair, president of AT&T 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. We will continue to explore renewable energy solutions to help create a better, more sustainable world.”
“We’re proud to work with AT&T to achieve one of the largest U.S. corporate renewable energy purchases,” adds Mike O’Sullivan, senior vice president of development for NextEra Energy Resources. “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 says it is also signing on to the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles. The group, led by the World Wildlife Fund, is made up of large energy buyers working to spur progress on renewable energy.