2 November 2017 2017 11:10 AM GMT

Microsoft Commits To Clean Energy. Signs Major Power Supply Deal With Vattenfall

Vattenfall has signed a ten-year agreement to power Microsoft’s international data centre operations in the Netherlands with wind power. The wind power supply deal is the first to date for Vattenfall to a data centre outside the Nordic countries and the largest in this field based entirely on wind power. According to the agreement, Microsoft will receive one hundred percent of the energy output from Vattenfall’s new onshore wind farm that will be constructed at Wieringermeer polder, near Microsoft’s data centre in the Netherlands. The wind farm will start producing renewable energy from 2019.

“We are very glad and proud to be able to support Microsoft’s transition towards using fossil-free energy in their data centre operations,” says Magnus Hall, President and CEO of Vattenfall. “This deal is completely in line with our strategy to help all of our customers to power their lives in ever smarter ways and free from fossil fuel within one generation.” Vattenfall is today supplying renewable energy, mainly based on hydropower, to several data centres in the Nordic region.

“Our business customers, including the tech business, increasingly use wind or solar power to meet their renewable targets. We are ready to support customers in this ambition through a wide range of products – in this case by combining our own green production and energy solutions to help Microsoft deliver green IT,” says Martijn Hagens, Vattenfall’s Senior Vice President for Customers & Solutions.

Vattenfall recently announced to invest more than EUR 200 million to repower and expand the Wieringermeer wind farm, which on completion will be one of the biggest onshore wind farms in the Netherlands. Microsoft’s Dutch data centre serves as a regional hub for its cloud services and will provide additional capacity for customers across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, as well as global customers.

“Investing in local clean energy to power our local data centre is a win-win for our business and the Netherlands. Microsoft is committed to bringing new renewable energy sources online to power our data centres,” said Brian Janous, general manager of energy at Microsoft. The Wieringermeer Wind Farm will eventually include 100 windmills. Together, they will produce approximately 1.3 billion kWh (1.3 TWh) of renewable electricity, comparable to the consumption of around 370,000 households.

Vattenfall is a Swedish, state-owned energy company with around 20,000 employees with operations in Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, UK and Finland. Vattenfall focuses on growth in business areas that drive the transition to a renewable energy system and has the objective to become leading in sustainable energy production and thereby secure a reliable and cost-effective energy supply.

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Wind: China Maintains Emerging Markets Top Spot Following 19.7GW Build Boom

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August 16th 2019
Corporate Sourcing of Renewables Growing, Taking Place in 75 Countries

Companies in 75 countries actively sourced 465 terawatt hours (TWh) of renewable energy in 2017, an amount close to the overall electricity demand of France, according to the report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). With the continued decline in the costs of renewables, the report suggests, corporate demand will continue to increase as companies seek to reduce electricity bills, hedge against future price spikes and address sustainability concerns.

August 12th 2019
EU Approves Ambitious Energy Efficiency Goals, Encourages Clean Energy Feed-In

Europeans will now be entitled to consume, store and sell the renewable energy they produce in line with ambitious targets set by the EU. The targets are to be reviewed by 2023, and can only be raised, not lowered. By making energy more efficient, Europeans will see their energy bills reduced. In addition, Europe will reduce its reliance on external suppliers of oil and gas, improve local air quality and protect the climate. For the first time, member states will also be obliged to establish specific energy efficiency measures to the benefit of those affected by energy poverty. Member states must also ensure that citizens are entitled to generate renewable energy for their own consumption, to store it and to sell excess production.

November 16th 2018
India: Improved Monsoon Winds Help Power Producers in 2018 

After a prolonged period of decline, wind speeds in India during the 2018 monsoon season were significantly higher than normal; and up to 20% higher than long-term averages in some regions. These higher wind speeds benefit wind farm production; welcome news for wind energy operators and investors, who have faced several years of lower-than-normal wind energy production during the monsoon period. These increased wind speeds can thus counter recent patterns of decline contributing to an increase in investor confidence with a data-driven approach.

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