Through the PPA, GE Renewable Energy will source enough clean energy for more than 60 percent of the electricity consumption across its facilities in Europe. The PPA is a key component of GE’s plan to achieve carbon neutral operations by 2030, while enabling new renewable energy generation to come online to help decarbonise the economy. The European Commission has endorsed corporate renewable PPAs as a key instrument to protect European businesses from volatile market prices and developments, and to fast-forward renewable energy uptake.
The 12-year fixed price PPA is a strong example of partnership with Forestalia and contributes to the development of a new 21 MW wind farm in El Coto, Zaragoza, Spain. The wind farm is expected to commence operations in June 2023, helping to reduce GE Renewable Energy’s emissions by around 13,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent (tCO2e) annually, approximately 79 percent of its current carbon footprint from electricity in Europe.
In addition to the carbon savings, GE Renewable Energy expects the PPA to deliver a significant positive financial impact, demonstrating how decarbonisation and reducing the cost of electricity are achievable and part of strengthening industry competitiveness.
“This is a great example of an energy transition story close to home” said Danielle Merfeld, Chief Technology Officer at GE Renewable Energy. “We are excited to partner with our customer Forestalia and support the development of a new wind farm in Europe, generating renewable energy to power our own operations while also contributing to the creation of jobs and growth in the El Coto region. There is no better way to show that with the right technology and in collaboration with our partners, we are leading the transition to affordable, dispatchable and sustainable energy.”
Forestalia's CEO, Carlos Reyero, added that the agreement represents a new step forward in Forestalia's business plan and that through the wind project and the PPA the company will be able to intensify its efforts in the wind energy sector and build on its collaboration with GE Renewable Energy.
GE Renewable Energy has more than 12.000 employees in Europe across its 240 sites. This PPA addresses 9 percent of GE Renewable Energy’s global MWh consumption and is the sixth green PPA signed by the company to power its own operations from new renewable energy. GE Renewable Energy has also facilitated several PPAs to major offtakers purchasing wind power generated by GE Cypress turbines.
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