Amazon Wind Farm US East reaches full commercial operation in North Carolina

Written By: Stratton Report
February 9, 2017

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On February 9, Avangrid Renewables announced that the Amazon Wind Farm US East reached full commercial operation, selling power to Amazon Web Services Inc., an Amazon.com company under a PPA.

Nat Sahlstrom, Director of AWS Energy Strategy remarked: “At the close of 2016 we announced that AWS had achieved 40% renewable energy and set a new goal to achieve 50% by the end of 2017 in a continued march toward our long-term commitment of achieving 100% renewable energy usage for our global infrastructure footprint. We’re very excited that Amazon Wind Farm US East is live and delivering energy to the grid powering our current and future AWS data centers and are excited to continue to accelerate our work in this space.”

The developer stressed that the windfarm was the first commercial-scale wind farm in North Carolina and one of the first in the southeastern United States.

James P. Torgerson, President and CEO of Avangrid Renewables’ parent company, AVANGRID, Inc. noted: “We are delighted to add the Amazon Wind Farm US East to our growing portfolio of renewable power generation facilities, which are providing clean energy for companies and communities across the United States. We are committed to our vision of leading the transformation of the U.S. energy industry by developing, building and operating the clean energy infrastructure of the future.”

Frank Burkhartsmeyer, Avangrid Renewables’ U.S. CEO observed:

Expanding the wind industry into North Carolina came about thanks in large part to collaboration with AWS, a supportive community, and improving technology. Ultimately, a wind farm this size has to offer competitive energy and complement the existing use of the land, so the strong winds and farmland here made for a great match. 

Cecil Perry, Chairman of the Pasquotank County Board of Commissioners observed: “Almost everyone in the community knows someone who worked on the wind farm, sold or rented something that helped build the wind farm, or owns land where the project was built. These jobs, and this nearly $400 million investment in a rural part of North Carolina, are welcome — everyone in the county will benefit from the long-term property tax payments.”

AVANGRID, Inc. claims more than $30 billion in assets and operations in 25 states, operating eight electric and natural gas utilities through Avangrid Networks, and 6.3 gigawatts of electricity capacity through Avangrid Renewables. The company was formed by a merger between Iberdrola USA and UIL Holdings Corporation in 2015.