Facebook data centre in Nebraska to be powered 100% by wind farm
A Facebook data centre in Papillion, Nebraska, will receive 100% of its power from a wind farm in Dixon County.
Construction has begun for the Rattlesnake Creek wind farm, and will cost $430mn.
The farm will have a capacity of 320MW, and under a power purchase agreement, Facebook has agreed to buy 200MW to power its centre.
Facebook is now “one step closer to our goal of powering all of our operations with clean and renewable energy”, according Bobby Hollis, the Director of Global Energy at Facebook.
The farm will be owned by a subsidiary of Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA) – Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project.
Approximately 1.3TWh will be annually generated by the wind farm when fully operational, matching the amount of energy required to power 105,000 US homes.
The farm will also avoid roughly 940,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year.
“This project consolidates our growing presence in the U.S. as our company enters into a new state and expands our business with new partners,” stated Antonio Cammisecra, Head of Enel Green Power.
“We are thrilled to be able to support Facebook's growing renewable energy needs in Nebraska and be a part of driving economic development in the region.”
The US Department of Energy stated that the US is “one step closer to our goal of powering all of our operations with clean and renewable energy.”
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.