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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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GRDA approached Google about the possibility of adding wind power in early 2012, officials said.

“Google's long and demonstrated commitment to renewable energy, combined with their significant and growing presence within our service area, has been an important factor in GRDA's pursuit of renewables, as exemplified by this agreement,” Dan Sullivan, CEO of GRDA, said in a statement. “In addition to increasing Google's access to renewable energy, we are also offsetting part of GRDA's wind acquisition cost through the premium Google has agreed to pay. We are pleased to pass the savings along to Oklahomans, and we're proud to pioneer this innovative structure with one of our largest customers.”

The Canadian Hills wind farm is being developed by Apex Wind Energy Holdings LLC and Atlantic Power Corp. Aside from the GRDA, it will sell power to the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority and Southwestern Electric Power Co., a Louisiana-based unit of American Electric Power.