AT&T will purchase 520 MW of wind power through two agreements with subsidiaries of NextEra Energy Resources. According to AT&T these deals constitute one of the largest corporate renewable energy purchases in the U.S.
220 MW of power will come from the Minco V Wind Farm located in Caddo County, Oklahoma. 300 MW will come from a wind farm in Webb and Duval Counties in Texas.
“As one of the world’s largest companies, we know how we source our energy is important,” said Scott Mair, President, 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.”
As part of this purchase, AT&T is also signing on to the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles. The group is led by the World Wildlife Fund and is made up of large energy buyers working to spur progress on renewable energy. AT&T is also a member of the Business Renewables Center, an initiative that, along with the Buyers’ Principles, forms part of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance.
“AT&T’s decision to scale up its use of renewable energy is a signal of the growing power of corporate demand to drive energy markets,” said Marty Spitzer, World Wildlife Fund’s Senior Director of Renewable Energy and Climate.
The large-scale renewable energy purchase is one part the company’s transition to a low-carbon economy. AT&T is also collaborating with customers and technology leaders to deliver solutions that can further reduce carbon emissions.