With New Texas Wind Deal, Nike Hits Renewables Milestone

Avangrid Renewables has signed a deal with Nike for 86 MW of Texas wind power, representing Avangrid’s second major wind contract with the Oregon-based footwear and apparel giant.

The new power purchase agreement (PPA) will cover the remaining portion of Avangrid Renewables’ 286 MW Karankawa wind farm in Bee and San Patricio counties, located just east of Mathis, Texas, along I-37.

Previously, Austin Energy announced its own Karankawa-related PPA with Avangrid Renewables for 200 MW. The Karankawa wind farm will produce enough energy each year to power the equivalent of more than 75,000 average households with carbon-free energy, notes Avangrid.

Upon Karankawa’s commercial operations, Avangrid Renewables will own and operate more than 1 GW of commercial wind power in Texas. The company is finalizing its development work with the Texas counties in which Karankawa will reside and plans to start construction this fall.

Notably, the deal brings Nike, a member of RE100, to a renewable energy milestone:

“With this agreement, Nike will source 100 percent renewable energy across our owned or operated facilities in North America,” says Hannah Jones, Nike’s chief sustainability officer and Innovation Accelerator vice president. “Moreover, we will deliver on more than 50 percent of our commitment to source 100 percent renewable energy in our owned or operated facilities worldwide by the end of FY25. Investing in renewable energy is good for athletes, the planet and for business, and we will continue to drive collaboration to accelerate a low-carbon growth economy.”

Avangrid’s previous PPA with Nike involved three Pacific Northwest wind farms delivering 100% renewable energy to Nike’s worldwide headquarters near Beaverton, Ore., and nearly all of its Oregon-based facilities.

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