“We are thrilled to expand our relationship with Google Energy and appreciate their ongoing support of emission-free, renewable energy,” said Mike O’Sullivan, senior vice president of development for NextEra Energy Resources. “With the support of customers like Google Energy, we’ve built our wind fleet from fewer than 500 megawatts a decade ago to nearly 8,300 megawatts – the largest fleet in North America today.”
This is the second power purchase agreement for wind energy between the two companies. Google Energy also purchases 114 megawatts of clean, renewable energy from NextEra Energy Resources’ Story II Wind Energy Center located in Story and Hardin counties in Iowa.
The Minco II Wind Energy Center will be comprised of 63 GE 1.6-megawatt wind turbines and is expected to be operational by the end of 2011.
NextEra Energy Resources is no stranger to Oklahoma. The company currently has more than 300 wind turbines in operation in Oklahoma with a nameplate capacity of nearly 550 megawatts. These wind turbines are capable of generating enough power to serve more than 137,000 average homes.
NextEra Energy Resources now has more than 9,500 wind turbines in operation at 85 wind farm plants in 17 states and Canada. All told, NextEra Energy Resources’ wind farms are capable of generating enough electricity for more than 2 million average homes.
NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, is a clean energy leader and one of the largest competitive energy suppliers in North America. A subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), NextEra Energy Resources is the largest generator in North America of renewable energy from the wind and sun. It operates clean, emissions-free nuclear power generation facilities in New Hampshire, Iowa and Wisconsin as part of the NextEra Energy nuclear fleet, which is the third largest in the United States. NextEra Energy had 2010 revenues of more than $15 billion, nearly 43,000 megawatts of generating capacity, and approximately 15,000 employees in 28 states and Canada.