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Corporate Tech Giants and Renewable Energy

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Leave it to the state with some of the best conditions for wind energy and some of the highest installed wind capacity to be the chosen location for the largest single-site U.S. wind farm. Slated to be completed at the end of next year, the Aviator Wind project to be built in Coke County in West Texas will be providing power to many including 200-megawatts of power for Facebook. Facebook is the largest corporate buyer of renewable power at the end of 2018, having recently edged out Google according to Wood Mackenzie research. This should come as no surprise as Facebook along with other tech companies have made far-reaching commitments to renewable energy. Whether that energy is used to power energy intensive servers at large multinational technology companies or simply keep overall operations running smoothly with less impact to the environment at companies like Facebook, Intel, Apple, Dell, Google, Cisco System and more, )click here for the top technology companies that use renewable energy) renewables continue to gain steam.

The state of Texas is making great strides it seems across so many areas of the energy mix. In addition to being the leading U.S. producer of both crude oil and natural gas, accounting for 37% of the nation’s crude oil production and 24% of the marketed natural gas protection, the Lone-Star state leads the nation in wind-powered generation and according to the Energy Information Administration, Texas wind turbines have produced more electricity than both of the state’s nuclear power plants since 2014.

With Austin, Dallas and other Texas cities as the hub of great innovation and technology (don’t count out Round Rock-based Dell computer!) and wind energy continuing to increase in installed capacity, it’s safe to assume they’ll be more corporate and renewable energy partnerships in the near future.

                 

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Matt Chester on Sep 6, 2019 11:20 am GMT

it’s safe to assume they’ll be more corporate and renewable energy partnerships in the near future

I think this will truly be one of the big upcoming waves (that we're already seeing)-- big corporations can buy into large renewable generation, benefit economically and from an emissions reduction perspective directly, and it serves to boost the entire renewable energy industry as a result (in a way small individual buyers cannot)

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