Engie, Nestle strike wind PPA in Texas

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October 23 (Renewables Now) - Engie Resources LLC, part of French energy group Engie SA (EPA:ENGI), will supply wind power for more than half of the electricity demand of Nestle Waters North America’s (NWNA) sites in Texas.

NWNA and the subsidiary of Engie North America have signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) under which Engie will deliver power from the 163-MW Midway wind farm in Texas’ San Patricio County. The electricity will be used for NWNA’s production and distribution sites in Travis, McLennan, Dallas and Harris counties, the US unit of Swiss food and drink giant Nestle SA (VTX:NESN) said in a press release on Monday.

The PPA also covers the purchase of up to 70,500 renewable energy certificates (RECs) annually from Midway Wind LLC.

The deal is part of Nestle’s goal to meet its entire power consumption with renewables and is seen to help it offset more than 44,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from its factories every year.

Earlier this year, NWNA started using 100% renewables electricity for its facility in Sacramento, California and signed a 15-year PPA with Engie to supply 80% of the electricity for five production bases in Pennsylvania. Following its recent deals, the company will be covering over 20% of its US power demand with renewables, it said.

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