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BP to supply renewable energy to Amazon Web Services



One of the world’s largest cloud computing platforms, Amazon Web Services (AWS), is set to be powered by renewable energy following the agreement of the first in a series of innovative power deals with energy giant BP.
BP will be migrating its own data requirements to AWS
(Image via BP).

The deal will see Amazon’s European data centres which drive the AWS cloud platform powered exclusively by renewable power from onshore and offshore wind farms and onshore solar farms.

The deal is in line with BP’s growing sustainable power business, which includes tailored Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) within the corporate sector. Starting in 2021, BP will begin supplying AWS with renewable energy from more than 170 megawatts (MW) of newbuild wind and solar projects in Sweden and Spain – enough renewable energy each year to supply over 125,000 European homes. The expectation is to grow this relationship to more than double the capacity in excess of 400 MW.

In the first project announced under this agreement, BP will provide AWS with 122 MW of new renewable power capacity from one of the largest onshore windfarms being built in Europe, in Vasternorrland, Sweden. It’s expected to commence operations in 2022. A new solar farm in Spain, which is expected to deliver 50 MW to AWS from 2021, will also support the deal.

Commenting on the deal, Robert Lawson, chief operating officer for Global Gas at BP Supply and Trading, said:

“BP and AWS are both targeting reductions in emissions from their respective operations. One way BP can play an important role in helping our customers is by using our trading capability and scale to deliver innovative, reliable and flexible supplies of low-carbon and renewable power to major corporate customers and partners.”
Renewable power for AWS will be provided by onshore and offshore wind farms and solar farms.
(Image via BP).

This week’s deal with AWS fits within BP’s broader efforts to connect the corporate sector to renewable energy sources and helping them realise both the environmental and economic benefits of PPAs.

BP also announced this week that it would be closing its European mega data centres and migrating all data and 900 key applications currently hosted there to AWS, as part of a BP-wide program to accelerate the digitisation of its infrastructure and operations. Moving to AWS will enable BP to use a broad and deep portfolio of cloud services, including machine learning, analytics, storage, security, databases and compute to gain greater insights and automate processes.

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