Operating a safe, clean and reliable power generation fleet is GDF SUEZ Energy North America’s foremost priority.
From a clean portfolio in which nearly 90 percent of the generation produces no carbon emissions or very few, GDF SUEZ supplies power to electricity transmission systems, regional and local utilities, municipalities, and large commercial and industrial facilities.
Its market focus includes New England, with its predominantly traditional hydro, pumped hydro storage and natural gas-fueled facilities. The northeastern and East Coast United States and Canada assets includes renewable operations and the natural gas facility in Astoria, New York, that at peak times supplies up to 12 percent of the electricity to New York City. In the Great Lakes states and into Ontario, Canada—with its concentration of wind, biomass and solar sites—as well as in Texas, the company also holds market stakes, predominantly powered by natural gas. GDF SUEZ owns power plants on the East Coast of Mexico in Tamaulipas and Nueva León as well.
In February 2011, the company doubled its North American generation capacity when it began the two-part acquisition of International Power, which was completed the following year. In addition to strengthening the company’s presence in the ERCOT, PJM and New England electricity markets, GDF SUEZ bolstered its position in Canadian wind power after having originally entered that sector with the purchase of an entrepreneurial wind developer’s robust project portfolio in 2007. Since then, 363 MW of wind power are operating in Atlantic Canada and Ontario, and by early 2014, another 297 MW of wind and additional solar are projected to be online in Ontario and British Columbia.
In 2012, after a solar panel pilot project on the roof of the administration building at one of its Texas natural gas plants, GDF SUEZ brought on line its first commercial solar facility in western Massachusetts where the operation is among the largest in the state, and its second in Ontario, with its 10 MW being among the largest photovoltaic projects in the GDF SUEZ global fleet.