Austin Energy signed an agreement to purchase 200 MW of electricity from Avangrid Renewables LLC's planned wind facility in Texas.
With this PPA, Austin Energy will have 1,300 MW of wind power under contract. The utility has an additional 306 MW of utility-scale solar power in its portfolio, with another 320 MW coming online over the next 18 months, according to an Aug. 2 release.
The purchase, approved by the Austin City Council on June 22, will see Austin Energy supply approximately 47% of customer demand with renewable energy. "This agreement is part of our ongoing effort to meet the City Council's goal of 55 percent renewable power by 2025, as we balance environmental progress with affordability," Austin Energy General Manager Jackie Sargent said.
The Iberdrola SA subsidiary is completing the development work with the counties and intends to begin the construction in January 2019.