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UK: Google buys electricity from offshore wind turbines from Engie

In total, Engie “will supply Google with more than 5 TWh of green energy from the Moray West project” under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), a long-term renewable energy contract, the energy company announced. French 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 goal of running on 100% carbon-free energy by 2030 and means that by 2025 Google’s UK business will run on nearly 90% carbon-free energy,” said Matt Brittin, President for Google EMEA (Europe-Middle East-Africa) in a joint statement. “This contract demonstrates the strength of the Group’s renewable portfolio, with 37 GW of renewable assets, a major asset for our customers in their decarbonisation strategy,” said Paulo Almirante, Engie’s deputy CEO in charge of renewable energy activities and energy management. This electricity will power data centers and Google offices in the United Kingdom, Engie said.

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A purchase price guaranteed for 15 years

“With a load factor of 50%, or the equivalent of half of all the hours of the year, offshore wind represents a much smoother production profile,” than onshore wind, Jérôme Malka, vice president of Engie GEMS, explained to AFP. unit responsible for supplies and risk management. “To ensure the visibility of the project’s revenues, a part up to 294 MW is dependent on a UK 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 under contract with other companies”, indicated Jérôme Malka.

This is the third renewable energy procurement partnership signed between the US giant and Engie, after Belgium and Germany. This “collaborative work” has also given rise to another partnership in the development of tools from artificial intelligence to optimize renewable production, according to Engie. The French energy company aims to reach 80 GW of installed renewable capacity by 2030.

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