VINITA, OKLA. - November 30, 2017 -- The Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) announced today that it has signed a contract with Google for 140 megawatts (MW) of The Red Dirt Wind Farm, a 300-MW facility located in Oklahoma’s Kingfisher and Logan counties. Constructed by Enel Green Power North America, Inc., the wind farm will be operational in early 2018 and will bring GRDA’s total wind generation capacity (combined across several wind farms in Oklahoma) to approximately 385 MW.
“This is another important milestone in GRDA’s continued pursuit of more renewable energy in our generation portfolio,” said GRDA Chief Executive Officer Dan Sullivan. “The commitment that our partner Google has made to utilizing renewables has always been an important factor in that pursuit.”
Once the wind farm comes online, anticipated in January 2018, the additional capacity will help Google reach its goal of purchasing enough renewable energy to match its energy consumption for global operations.
“Renewables from projects like Red Dirt bring value to our business as we scale and accelerate investment in the communities where we operate,” said Gary Demasi, Google's director of global infrastructure. “With solar and wind declining dramatically in cost and propelling significant employment growth, the transition to clean energy is driving unprecedented economic opportunity and doing so faster than we ever anticipated.”
In addition to its power purchase agreement with Red Dirt, GRDA also has a power purchase agreement with the Canadian Hills Wind Farm, near El Reno, Oklahoma. GRDA has been supplying Google’s electricity needs in MAIP since the data center began operations in 2011.
Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electricity and water sales instead of taxes. Each day, GRDA strives to be an “Oklahoma agency of excellence” by focusing on the 5 E’s: electricity, economic development, environmental stewardship, employees and efficiency.