Amazon contracts with EDP for 100-MW wind project in Ohio

Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) has contracted with EDP Renewables to construct and operate a 100-MW wind farm in Paulding County, Ohio, called the Amazon Wind Farm US Central.

This new wind farm is expected to start generating approximately 320,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of wind energy annually starting in May 2017. The energy generated will be delivered into the electrical grid that supplies both current and future AWS Cloud data centers, said AWS in a Nov. 19 statement.

In November 2014, AWS shared its long-term commitment to achieve 100% renewable energy usage for the global AWS infrastructure footprint. In April 2015, AWS announced that approximately 25% of the power consumed by its global infrastructure was from renewable energy sources with a goal of increasing that percentage to at least 40% by the end of 2016. As part of its renewable energy push, AWS continues to work on ways to increase the energy efficiency of its facilities and equipment, and to launch projects aimed at increasing the availability of renewable energy resources on the electrical grid that supplies power to current and future AWS Cloud data centers in Virginia and Ohio.

  • In January 2015, Amazon announced a renewable project with the Amazon Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge) in Benton County, Indiana, which is expected to generate 500,000 MWh of wind power annually.
  • In April 2015, Amazon announced a pilot of Tesla’s energy storage batteries that are designed to help bridge the gap between intermittent production, from sources like wind, and the datacenter’s constant power demand.
  • In June 2015, the company announced Amazon Solar Farm US East in Virginia, which is expected to generate 170,000 MWh of solar power annually.
  • In July 2015, AWS announced Amazon Wind Farm US East in North Carolina, which is expected to generate more than 670,000 MWh of energy annually.

Now with the Amazon Wind Farm US Central in Ohio, Amazon’s renewable projects will be responsible for delivering more than 1.6 million MWh of additional renewable energy into electric grids across the central and eastern U.S.

“We continue to pursue projects that help to develop more renewable energy sources to the grids that power AWS datacenters and bring us closer to achieving our long term goal of powering our global infrastructure with 100 percent renewable energy,” said Jerry Hunter, Vice President of Infrastructure at Amazon Web Services. “Our previously announced renewable energy projects put AWS on track to surpass our goal of 40 percent renewable energy globally by the end of 2016. This latest project, Amazon Wind Farm US Central, pushes our renewable energy percentage ever higher.”

EDP Renewables is a global leader in the renewable energy sector and the fourth largest producer of wind power in the world. The company operates in 12 markets around the world (Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Spain, United States, France, Italy, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Romania and Mexico).

“We are very excited to be working with AWS on this important project in Ohio,” said João Manso Neto, CEO of EDP Renewables. “The fact that businesses such as AWS are playing such an active part in renewable energy projects is a very clear indicator that the future lies in additional generation of this type of energy.

Launched in 2006, Amazon Web Services offers a robust, fully featured technology infrastructure platform in the cloud comprised of a broad set of compute, storage, database, analytics, application, and deployment services from datacenter locations in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, and Singapore. Parent opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995.

Paulding Wind Farm III LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of EDP Renewables North America LLC, filed on Oct. 9 at the Ohio Power Siting Board a pre-application notice of its intention to file an application for a certificate to construct a 138-kV transmission line and an associated point of interconnect switchyard in Paulding County. The transmission line and associated switchyard will support amendments to the collection line systems of Paulding Wind Farm I and III and connect the collection line systems to the American Electric Power 138-kV Lincoln-Sterling transmission circuit. The transmission line will be a 138-kV overhead line, approximately eight miles long.

The Ohio board in November 2014 had approved three-year extensions for construction of two related wind projects in Paulding County.

  • In August 2010, the board had approved for Paulding Wind Farm LLC a certificate to construct a 48.6-MW wind facility. The order provided that the certificate shall become invalid if Paulding Wind has not commenced a continuous course of construction within five years. In November 2014 the board approved Paulding Wind’s motion to extend the term of its certificate for 36 months to Aug. 23, 2018.
  • In November 2010, the board had approved a certificate for Paulding Wind Farm II LLC for a 150.4-MW facility, consisting of up to 98 wind turbines. The order provided that the certificate shall become invalid if Paulding Wind II has not commenced a continuous course of construction of the facility within five years. In 2011, the board issued an entry in this case bifurcating the certificate into two phases: Phase I consisting of up to 55 turbine locations; and Phase II consisting of up to 37 turbine locations. It also transferred Phase II of the certificate to Paulding Wind Farm III. Paulding Wind III was approved to extend the term of the certificate authorized in the November 2010 order for 36 months, to Nov. 18, 2018. Paulding Wind Farm II earlier this decade built its end of the project.
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