With hydro and biomass facilities being among the earliest assets in the portfolio, GDF SUEZ Energy North America’s roots are as a sustainable generation fleet. Renewable facilities in hydro, wind, biomass, and solar—along with pumped hydro storage—comprise 40 percent of the operating locations.
Today, GDF SUEZ Energy North America manages 30 renewable facilities powered by wind, solar, biomass, and traditional hydro technology, totaling a capacity of 863 MW. Additionally, two pumped hydro storage plants add another 1,153 MW to the clean energy mix. More than 80 percent of the company’s generating locations in New England and Canada are carbon-free or carbon-neutral operations.
Hydro and pumped hydro storage plants in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Vermont constitute the greatest portion of the renewables fleet. With the ability to achieve full generation output from a shut down condition in 10 minutes, Northfield Mountain, located in western Massachusetts, is the largest, most flexible pumped hydro storage facility in New England and among the largest in the United States. Northfield Mountain also operates GDF SUEZ’s inaugural solar initiative in North America, which went on line with 2 MW in early 2012.
Wind generation is focused in the Canadian Maritimes and Ontario, and by the end of 2013, commercial operation is projected for the 99 MW Cape Scott Wind Farm on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.
The 10 MW Brockville Solar Facility in Ontario, which entered operation in early 2013, is among the largest solar operations in GDF SUEZ’s worldwide fleet. Additional Canadian photovoltaic projects are in the development pipeline as well.
The company also operates biomass and biogas plants in New England, Michigan, and Colorado.
In the commercial business segment of renewables, North American commodities experts trade 35 types of renewable energy certificates in the United States and Canada as well as CO2 emissions credits and emissions allowances in the northeast United States. The purchase of these renewable products assists large industrial and commercial customers in obtaining their business sustainability goals.