The 15-year agreement will supply Microsoft's Virginia-based
data centers with renewable energy to
match their energy consumption
ARLINGTON, Va., Nov.
3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES)
today announced that it has signed a 15-year agreement with
Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) to support the company in achieving its
100/100/0 by 2030 goal. Microsoft, one of the
world's largest purchasers of renewable energy, will use the
around-the-clock renewable energy provided through this agreement
to power its data centers located in Virginia. The structure of the agreement
utilizes both existing renewable projects under a long-term
contract to Microsoft, while also adding additional renewable
resources in the region.
"By leveraging AES' capability and presence in the PJM market,
we are able to both secure additional renewable supply in support
of meeting our commitment to use 100% renewable energy by 2025, and
also take a meaningful step toward having 100% of our electricity
matched by zero-carbon resources all of the time in the region,"
said Brian Janous, General Manager
Energy & Renewables at Microsoft. "We believe innovative
commercial structures like this with AES and integrating new
technologies will be key as we continue to move toward our
"Microsoft is a leader in the energy transition with its
commitment to being 100% powered by zero-carbon electricity by
2030. We're proud of the solution we co-created with Microsoft to
help meet that commitment with the delivery of 24/7 zero-carbon
electricity to its Virginia-based
data centers," said Andrés Gluski, AES President and CEO. "Working
together with leading corporations, we are setting new standards
for decarbonizing their operations and the grid."
According to Virginia Economic Development Partnership, 70% of
the world's internet traffic passes through data centers located in
Virginia. Operating Microsoft's
Virginia-based data centers on
zero-carbon energy helps support a greener internet for users
around the world.
AES will source the energy from a portfolio of 576 MW of
contracted renewable assets, including wind, solar, as well as
battery energy storage projects in PJM.
The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) is a Fortune 500 global energy
company accelerating the future of energy. Together with our many
stakeholders, we're improving lives by delivering the greener,
smarter energy solutions the world needs. Our diverse workforce is
committed to continuous innovation and operational excellence,
while partnering with our customers on their strategic energy
transitions and continuing to meet their energy needs today. For
more information, visit AES here.
Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT" @microsoft) enables digital transformation
for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its
mission is to empower every person and every organization on the
planet to achieve more.
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