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  • Monday, November 14, 2016

    Microsoft Ups Wind Energy Backing

    Microsoft Announces Biggest-Ever Wind Energy Buy

    Barb Darrow, November 14, 2016 (Fortune)

    “…[Still leading the high-tech sector’s support for New Energy, Microsoft just signed its biggest deals yet to acquire wind for] two of its massive U.S. data centers…[The two new contracts represent 237 megawatts of generating capacity, bringing Microsoft's wind power total in the United States to more than 500 megawatts…[Through Allianz Risk Transfer, Microsoft will] acquire energy from a new 178-megawatt Bloom Wind project in Kansas…[Through a long-term deal with Black Hills Energy, the high-tech giant will] buy 59 megawatts of energy ‘certificates’ from two wind projects near Microsoft's Cheyenne, Wyoming, data center site. The combined output of those two sites should produce enough energy per year to supply its Cheyenne facility with all the energy it needs…Microsoft and Black Hills Energy have worked out a new tariff that will enable the energy company to, as needs dictate, use the local data center’s backup generators, thereby eliminating the need for Black Hills Energy to construct a new power plant…” click here for more

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