ENGIE and Google today signed a 24/7 climate-neutral energy supply agreement in Germany. This is an important milestone in the existing cooperation between the companies. The three-year agreement will help Google reach its Carbon-Free Energy target (CFE) for its data centers, cloud regions and offices worldwide by 2030.
Under the terms of the agreement, ENGIE will assemble and negotiate an energy portfolio to supply Google with renewable electricity (solar and wind) and ensure that all of its German operations are nearly 80% carbon-free by 2022. It is unparalleled in Europe for a company to guarantee a CO2-free power supply from solar and wind power around the clock throughout the year.
From 2022, ENGIE will supply Google with more than 140 megawatts (MW) of wind and solar power. The electricity comes from a new photovoltaic project with 39 MW, which is scheduled to start operation in 2023. In addition, 22 wind farms in five Länder will continue to operate after the end of EEG funding in order to generate CO2-free electricity under this agreement and will thus continue to be used for green energy production in Germany.
ENGIE will also provide comprehensive energy management services, including residual supply procurement, balancing group management, grid management and more.
The cooperation between ENGIE and Google began in 2019 with the signing of a green PPA from offshore wind power with a term of five years in Belgium. This was followed by the award of a similar contract in the Netherlands and now this CO2-free commitment in Germany.
"We chose ENGIE because of its decarbonization expertise and its ability to transform clean energy delivery," says Marc Oman, Google's Energy Senior Lead of Global Data Centers. "Google has been leading the way for a zero-carbon future for over a decade. In order to achieve our goal of producing 24/7 CO2-free by 2030, we need the cooperation and partnerships with leading energy companies such as ENGIE, which are working together for a long-term, sustainable use of energy."
Paulo Almirante, Senior Executive Vice President responsible for Renewable and Global Energy Management activities at ENGIE, said: "ENGIE is very pleased to be working with Google again and to expand the existing partnership between both companies. As a leading player in the field of renewable energy and with global expertise in decarbonization, ENGIE will be instrumental in supporting Google in its ambitious goal of a carbon-free energy. This agreement shows how ENGIE has developed innovative solutions to meet the specific needs of its customers: Thanks to its global energy management activities, the Group can ensure a 24/7 supply of renewable energy either through the construction of plants or by drawing electricity from various existing plants."