Wind Energy

BP is one of the largest operators of renewable energy  businesses among its peers, with 11 onshore wind farms in the United States.

In 2017, a net wind portfolio the size of BP’s helped avoid  around 2.3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.  

To put that number in perspective, it is roughly equivalent to:

  • the annual energy-related emissions of 248,000 typical  homes;
  • the emissions produced by burning 2.5 billion pounds  of coal;
  • the emissions produced by consuming 258 million  gallons of gasoline.

In 2018, BP partnered with Tesla to install a high-storage  battery at its Titan 1 wind farm in South Dakota. This project  is the first of its kind in BP’s U.S.-operated wind business  and a potential step forward in the performance and  reliability of wind energy.  

BP will integrate the battery with its Titan 1 facility and  configure it to help manage internal electricity demands  when the wind isn’t blowing. This will enable the site to  store electricity and make it available whenever needed.  

“The battery pilot project at our Titan 1 wind farm will  provide BP Wind Energy with valuable insights as we seek  opportunities to use energy storage more effectively across  our diverse portfolio,” says BP Wind Energy CEO Laura  Folse. “It’s another way that we’re working to create a wind  energy business that is sustainable for the long term and  supports the global transition to a low-carbon future.”  

BP’s U.S. wind farms have a gross generating capacity of approximately 1,800 megawatts. That’s enough electricity to power all the homes in a city the size of Dallas, and it makes BP one of America’s top wind energy producers.  

The company directly operates 10 wind farms — in  Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Pennsylvania, South  Dakota and Texas — while holding an interest in a separate wind facility in Hawaii.  

Its largest wind facility is the Flat Ridge 2 farm in south- central Kansas, which can generate enough electricity to  power twice the number of homes in the state capital of Topeka.

Every BP-operated wind farm receives round-the-clock  support from on-site personnel and/or from BP’s Remote  Operating Center (ROC) in Houston. During normal business  hours, operators at individual wind farms manage their sites.  During off-hours, weekends and holidays, operators at the ROC take control.  

Using advanced technology, ROC teams centrally monitor  all BP sites — 24 hours a day, seven days a week —  while working with colleagues in the field to enhance  performance, reliability and safety.

ROC monitoring systems capture turbine availability, power  generation capacity, wind speed, weather and other critical  factors. An embedded alarm system immediately notifies  operators of potential problems, such as approaching  storms or flash flood warnings.

BP works hard to prevent its wind operations from affecting  the wildlife and habitats that surround its facilities. For  example, it voluntarily adjusts the movement of wind  turbines to reduce their impact on bat populations during  peak migration seasons.

“We’re always focused on safety and sustainability in everything we do at our wind farms,” says Folse. “Our staffers at the ROC provide an extra set of eyes and help our  people in the field work safely and responsibly.  

“Additionally, we continue to optimize our business by  seeking out technological advancements and finding ways  to deliver power more efficiently.”

The Benefits of Wind Power

Wind power is safe, clean and increasingly affordable – with the potential for production on a much larger scale.

As a low-carbon energy source, the use of wind reduces the amount of carbon produced to meet the world’s energy needs. We estimate that BP Wind Energy’s wind energy generation in 2015 alone offset nearly 3 million tons of CO2 in 2015, which is equivalent to the annual emissions from approximately 246,000 typical homes, according to the BP 2015 Sustainability Report.

As wind turbine technology has continued to evolve and improve, wind farms using new generation technology can produce more energy at an ever-decreasing cost – a cost that is becoming increasingly competitive in the overall energy marketplace.

At BP Wind Energy, we are committed to playing a central role in mapping the future of this important and exciting segment of the energy sector.

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