Google signs wind-power agreement with Oklahoma's Grand River Dam Authority

The search engine giant will buy some of the wind energy from GRDA's interest in a wind farm under development in central Oklahoma.
by Paul Monies Modified: September 26, 2012 at 10:07 pm •  Published: September 27, 2012
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Search engine giant Google Inc. has signed an agreement with the Grand River Dam Authority to buy electricity from a wind farm under construction in Canadian County.

Google will buy up to 48 megawatts of wind power from GRDA's interest in the Canadian Hills wind farm near El Reno. The 300-megawatt wind farm is expected to be complete by the end of the year and will be Oklahoma's largest wind farm with 135 turbines.

Google will use the electricity to operate its data center in Pryor in northeastern Oklahoma. The data center began operations in 2011.

“In conjunction with the electricity GRDA already supplies Google to operate its data center, Google will pay GRDA a premium to purchase renewable energy generated by Canadian Hills,” Gary Demasi, director of Google's global infrastructure team, said in a company blog post. “This brings the total amount of renewable energy for which Google has contracted to over 260 megawatts.”

Google last year signed a deal with NextEra Energy Resources to buy electricity directly from NextEra's Minco II Wind Energy Center in Grady and Caddo counties.

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by Paul Monies
Energy Reporter
Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and...
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