Nike just inked a big wind power deal in Texas

Galtero Lara
Enero 21, 2018

Nike has become the latest high profile brand to step up its use of renewables, inking a major deal to source 86MW of wind power from USA green energy specialist Avangrid Renewables.

Avangrid Renewables has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Nike to sell 86MW of electricity from the 286MW Karankawa wind farm in Texas.

"With this agreement, Nike will source 100% renewable energy across our owned or operated facilities in North America", said Hannah Jones, Nike's Chief Sustainability Officer and VP, Innovation Accelerator. The organization has set itself the target of sourcing 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources of energy by the year 2025. "Investing in renewable energy is good for athletes, the planet and for business, and we will continue to drive collaboration to accelerate a low-carbon growth economy". Nikes power purchase commitment of 86 megawatts over the life of the agreement is equivalent to powering more than 400,000 average American households with carbon-free energy or to the emissions reduction of taking almost 800,000 vehicles off the road for one year.

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The latest deal follows a previous PPA between Nike and Avangrid Renewables, which secured power from three Columbia Gorge based wind farms for almost all the company's OR facilities, including its worldwide headquarters.

Avangrid Renewables has already signed a PPA with Austin Energy for the remaining 200MW of power from Karankawa.

Avangrid said it is now finalising development work with the local Texas counties where Karankawa will be located.

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