The French energy company Engie announced on Thursday that it had entered into a contract with the American giant Google to purchase 100 MW of electricity for 12 years in the UK from the Moray West offshore wind project, off the coast of Scotland. Total, “Engie will supply Google with more than 5 TWh of green energy from the Moray West projectas part of a PPA (Power Purchase Agreement), a long-term renewable energy contract, the French group announced in a press release. The amount was not disclosed.
This wind farm with a production capacity of 882 MW, whose commissioning is planned for 2025 in the Moray Firth (north-east of Scotland), is one of the development projects of Ocean Winds, a joint venture dedicated to offshore wind power, 50 /50 owned by EDPR and Engie. “This new investment in UK renewable energy brings us one step closer to our target of running on 100% carbon-free electricity by 2030 and means that by 2025“, Google’s UK business”,will run on nearly 90% carbon-free energycommented Matt Brittin, president of Google EMEA (Europe-Middle East-Africa) in a joint statement.
“This contract demonstrates the strength of the Group’s renewable energy portfolio with 37 GW of renewable assets, a major asset for our customers in their decarbonization strategy“, emphasized Paulo Almirante, deputy director of Engie responsible for renewable energy activities and energy management. This electricity will power data centers and Google offices in the United Kingdom, Engie said.
“With a load factor of 50%, equivalent to half of all hours of the year, offshore wind represents a much more even production profile“, than onshore wind power, Jérôme Malka, vice president of Engie GEMS, the unit responsible for supplies and risk management, explained to AFP. “To ensure the visibility of the income from the future project, a part up to 294 MW is based on a British public support mechanism which guarantees a purchase price over 15 years, another 100 MW is guaranteed by private purchases from Google, and 350 MW is contracted with other companies” said Jérôme Malka.
This is the third renewable energy procurement partnership signed between Google and Engie, after Belgium and Germany. This “Cooperationhas also given rise to another partnership related to the development of tools based on artificial intelligence to optimize renewable production, according to Engie. Engie aims to reach 80 GW of installed renewable capacity by 2030.