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Amazon Web Services Invests in Indiana Wind Farm

21/01/2015

Amazon Web Services has announced it will be supporting the construction of a 150 MW wind farm in Benton County, Indiana, which will end up being known officially as the Amazon Web Services Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge).

Amazon has signed a 13 year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the energy generated from the Fowler Ridge wind farm, in conjunction with developer Pattern Energy Group.

The news comes only a few months after Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced that it intends to ensure 100% renewable energy usage.

Amazon Web Services supplies many of the Internet’s most popular websites and services with data storage, including Netflix, Pinterest, Reddit, and many more. In fact, according to a 2012 study, one third of all internet users visit a website based on Amazon’s infrastructure every day.

Amazon is already well on its way to achieving its 100% carbon-neutral status — its US West (Oregon), Europe (Germany), and AWS GovCloud (US) AWS regions are all reported as 100% carbon-neutral.

 

Australian and International News

Wind auction result delivers renewable energy and economic benefits to the Australia Capital Territory

06/02/2015

The ACT's first wind energy reverse auction has resulted in a $50million direct investment into the local economy and broader economic benefits in excess of $240 million, Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, announced today.

"The auction has also delivered low renewable energy prices and enough renewable energy to provide for approximately 33% of Canberra's electricity needs," Mr Corbell said.

"The three successful wind farm projects, including one to be developed by a local Canberra company, are expected to be operational by 2017. 

"Combined they will deliver almost 200 megawatts of renewable energy generation capacity for the territory, enough to power 107,000 Canberra homes, and will result in a 580,000 tonne reduction in the ACT's carbon emissions each year, the equivalent of taking 157,000 cars off the road.

"Today's announcement delivers the single largest step-change in emissions reductions of any jurisdiction in Australia.

"Through this auction the ACT Government has secured renewable energy at the lowest possible price."

The pass through cost to consumers for the 200 megawatts is expected to peak at just $1.79 per household per week in 2020 before declining after.  This is part of total cost of reaching 90% renewable energy use which is estimated to peak at $4.67 per household per week in 2020 before declining after.

The successful projects are:

  • The Ararat Wind Farm, an 80.5 megawatt wind farm west of Ballarat in Victoria at a feed-in tariff price of $87.00 per megawatt hour
  • The Coonooer Bridge Wind Farm, a 19.4 megawatt wind farm west of Bendigo, Victoria, at a feed-in tariff price of $81.50 per megawatt hour
  • The Hornsdale Wind Farm, a 100 megawatt wind farm south-east of Port Augusta in South Australia at a feed-in tariff price of $92.00 per megawatt hour.

"The three successful projects will deliver a range of benefits for the ACT through a $50million economic stimulus package, including new jobs, a new national trades training centre, an innovation fund for small Canberra renewables businesses and a $7 million investment in new courses at the Canberra Institute of Technology and the ANU," Mr Corbell said.