The oil kingdom of Saudi Arabia is starting the Middle East’s largest wind farm



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  • The first wind farm in Saudi Arabia is now connected and produces clean energy.
  • Arizona could get its very first electricity company offering 100% clean energy.
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Wind farm in Saudi Arabia

The first wind farm in Saudi Arabia has now been connected to the grid and produces clean electricity. It is the largest wind farm in the Middle East.

The 400 MW Dumat al-Jandal wind farm is located 896 km north of Riyadh in the Al Jouf region in Saudi Arabia. It was developed by the French clean energy company EDF Renewables and the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, and its 99 wind turbines can power up to 70,000 households.

But don’t be too quick to think that the oil-dependent country is aiming for a clean energy future: It wants to push ahead with its renewable projects to free up oil for export.

As Al Jazeera notes, “The farm is part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, a reform project aimed at diversifying the economy and freeing Saudi Arabia from its dependence on oil.”

Saudi Arabia has ratified the Paris Agreement, but it clings to carbon capture and, like almost half of the 200 nations that have signed, has yet to provide details on how it will go to zero by 2050.

New chance for clean energy for Arizonans

Texas-based Green Mountain Energy (not to be confused with Green Mountain Power, although it is actually an offshoot of the Vermont utility), which offers electricity made from 100% clean energy, has applied to enter the Arizona electricity market.

Green Mountain Energy would be the first and only electricity company to exclusively offer clean energy in Arizona, if approved.

It would compete with Arizona Public Service Co. and Tucson Electric Power, who currently have monopolies in their territories.

Arizona doesn’t have a functioning competitive market, but Green Mountain Energy wrote in its application:

Approval of this application is in the public interest as it opens up more opportunities for customers and increases the availability of renewable energy in Arizona. In fact, by approving this application, the Commission can allow Arizona residents to choose not only their electricity supplier, but also the type of electricity generation they wish to receive. Green Mountain is uniquely qualified to offer these new options to Arizonans.

The clean energy provider would literally be a breath of fresh air for Arizona: natural gas, nuclear power, and coal provided 88% of Arizona’s net utility electricity generation in 2020, according to the US Energy Information Administration.

Green Mountain Energy currently serves clean energy to residential and commercial consumers in Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Texas. It also offers residential-only programs in Maryland and Massachusetts. What is offered depends on each state utility that Green Mountain Energy works with.

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