Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) is working with a California company on a planned 150 megawatt wind farm in Benton County. Pattern Energy Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PEGI) says the Amazon Web Services Inc. Wind Farm at Fowler Ridge could be operational by the end of the year and power “current and future” data centers. January 20, 2015
January 20, 2015
SEATTLE, Wash. – (NASDAQ:AMZN) Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, today announced that it has teamed with Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Development) to support the construction and operation of a 150 megawatt (MW) wind farm in Benton County, Indiana, called the Amazon Web Services Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge). This new wind farm is expected to start generating approximately 500,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of wind power annually as early as January 2016 – or the equivalent of that used by approximately 46,000 US homes1 in a year. The energy generated by Amazon Web Services Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge) will be used to help power both current and future AWS Cloud datacenters. For more information go to http://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/sustainable-energy/.
In November 2014, AWS shared its long-term commitment to achieve 100 percent renewable energy usage for the global AWS infrastructure footprint. The Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for AWS’s new Wind Farm is an important step toward that goal. AWS introduced its first carbon-neutral region – US West (Oregon) – in 2011. Today, AWS offers customers three AWS Regions that are carbon-neutral – US West (Oregon), EU (Frankfurt), and AWS GovCloud (US).
“Amazon Web Services Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge) will bring a new source of clean energy to the electric grid where we currently operate a large number of datacenters and have ongoing expansion plans to support our growing customer base,” said Jerry Hunter, Vice President of Infrastructure at Amazon Web Services. “This PPA helps to increase the renewable energy used to power our infrastructure in the US and is one of many sustainability activities and renewable energy projects for powering our datacenters that we currently have in the works.”
Pattern Development is a leader in developing renewable energy and transmission assets with a long history in wind energy. Pattern Development’s CEO, Mike Garland said, “We are excited to be working with Amazon Web Services and we commend the Company for its commitment to sustainability and its continued pioneering and leadership in cloud computing. We look forward to working with AWS as it progresses towards its goal of using 100 percent renewable energy.”
About Amazon Web Services
Launched in 2006, Amazon Web Services offers a robust, fully featured technology infrastructure platform in the cloud comprised of a broad set of compute, storage, database, analytics, application, and deployment services from datacenter locations in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, and Singapore. More than a million customers, including fast-growing startups, large enterprises, and government agencies across 190 countries, rely on AWS services to innovate quickly, lower IT costs and scale applications globally. To learn more about AWS, visit http://aws.amazon.com.
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, and Fire TV are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.
1 In 2012, the average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. residential utility customer was 10,837 kWh, an average of 903 kilowatthours (kWh) per month. http://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.cfm?id=97&t=3
Source: Amazon.com Inc.
January 20, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO, Cal. – Pattern Energy Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGI) (TSX: PEG) (“Pattern Energy”), today announced the addition of 116 megawatts (MW) of owned interest in the 150 MW Amazon Web Services Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge) project to its list of identified Right of First Offer (ROFO) projects from Pattern Energy Group LP (“Pattern Development”). The Amazon Web Services Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge) project, which is located in Benton County, Indiana, has a 13-year PPA to supply Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com company, with electricity.
-13-year PPA to supply Amazon Web Services with electricity
-Pattern Energy's first wind project in Indiana
-Increases identified ROFO list to eight projects with 830 MW of total owned capacity
“Pattern Energy is providing wind power to America's top corporations and looks forward to working with Amazon Web Services upon the acquisition of this exciting new project, which has been added to our growing ROFO list,” said Mike Garland, President and CEO of Pattern Energy. “In the past 18 months we have acquired four projects from Pattern Development with an aggregate owned capacity of 557 MW and have also added an additional five projects, including Amazon Web Services Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge), to the ROFO list with an aggregate capacity of 553 MW.”
“Our agreement on Amazon Web Services Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge) is part of our long-term commitment to achieve 100% renewable energy to power the AWS global infrastructure,” said Jerry Hunter, Vice President of Infrastructure at Amazon Web Services, Inc. “With agreements like this we’re increasing the amount of clean energy we consume while helping enable the construction of new renewable energy facilities.”
Pattern Development expects to begin construction of the Amazon Web Services Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge) project in April and anticipates reaching commercial operation in late 2015 or early 2016. Upon completion, the project is expected to generate approximately 500,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of wind power annually – or the equivalent of that used by approximately 46,000 US homes. 
Pattern Development currently owns 100 percent of the 150 MW project and it is anticipated that Pattern Energy will acquire 120 MW of owned interest, with tax equity investors acquiring the balance. The addition of the Amazon Web Services Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge) project increases Pattern Energy's ROFO list to eight projects with a total owned capacity of 830 MW. In December, Pattern Energy acquired the Logan's Gap Wind project, which had been part of the ROFO list, growing its portfolio to 12 operational wind power projects with a total owned interest of 1,636 MW.
The list of identified ROFO projects represents a portion of Pattern Development's 3,000 MW pipeline of development projects, all of which are subject to Pattern Energy's right of first offer. The table below sets forth the current list of identified ROFO projects:
Asset, Location, Owned MW, Status
-Gulf Wind, Texas, 76, Operational
-K2, Ontario, 90, In construction
-Armow, Ontario, 90, In construction
-Meikle, British Columbia, 185, Ready for financing
-Conejo, Chile, 73, Ready for financing
-Belle River, Ontario, 50, Securing final permits
-Henvey Inlet, Ontario, 150, Signed PPA; late stage development
-Amazon Web Services Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge), Indiana, 116, Ready for financing
About Pattern Energy
Pattern Energy Group Inc. (Pattern Energy) is an independent power company listed on the NASDAQ (“PEGI”) and Toronto Stock Exchange (“PEG”). Pattern Energy has a portfolio of 12 wind power projects, with a total owned interest of 1,636 MW, in the United States, Canada and Chile that use proven, best-in-class technology. Pattern Energy's wind power projects generate stable long-term cash flows in attractive markets and provide a solid foundation for the continued growth of the business. For more information, visi