AT&T has announced that it’s renewable energy purchases will surpass 1.5GW with the addition of two new Virtual Power Purchase Agreements (VPPAs) with Invenergy and Duke Energy Renewables.
The new deals will support new wind and solar projects and help solidify AT&T’s position as one of the largest corporate purchasers of renewable energy in the U.S
The new purchases will support wind and solar projects developed by Invenergy which will deliver an additional 800MW of sustainable energy, as well as 160 MWs of wind energy generated by the Frontier Windpower II project, developed by Duke Energy Renewables.
The new purchase agreements build upon AT&T’s existing agreements, supporting wind energy centres already operational or under development.
“Large-scale renewable energy investments are a key area of opportunity for achieving a low-carbon economy and are critically important to help us secure a world of no more than 1.5 degrees C warming,” said Helen Clarkson, CEO of The Climate Group, the international non-profit which runs Climate Week NYC.
Together, AT&T’s renewable energy purchases to date are expected to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by an amount equivalent t the electricity consumption equivalent of more than 560,000 homes, equal to taking 690,000 cars off the road for a year.
The total annual energy produced is also enough to power New York City for approximately 1 month.
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“AT&T’s renewable energy purchases are just one action our company is taking to respond to the changing climate,” said Lake. “Addressing climate change is a global challenge—and it will take collective action to deliver significant impact.
We are pleased to join with leaders from around the world at Climate Week NYC to discuss innovations and opportunities to help advance climate action and progress toward global climate goals.”