Partnering With Microsoft
Black Hills Energy and Dominion Virginia Power
December 2016

​Electric companies are working with hundreds of leading companies and technology partners to unlock the full potential of the future, drive innovation and change, and empower customers.

One of the latest partnerships is between Microsoft Corporation and Black Hills Energy. Microsoft will buy 59 megawatts of energy “certificates” from Black Hills Energy’s Happy Jack and Silver Sage wind projects to help meet some of the energy demand of its Cheyenne, Wyoming, datacenter.

United Press International’s Daniel Graeber reports that this announcement will bring the Microsoft’s total investments in U.S. wind to more than 500 megawatts.

“Our longstanding partnership with Microsoft productively led to this landmark collaboration. This collaboration provided them the opportunity to utilize significantly more renewable energy while still ensuring the reliability they’ve come to expect through our energy infrastructure and generation resources,” said David R. Emery, chairman and CEO of Black Hills Corp. “We are proud to be a strong supporter and partner in their mission to power their datacenters with increased renewable energy resources, and look forward to our continued collaboration in the years ahead.”

This is not the first public-private partnership between Microsoft and an electric company. In March 2016,Microsoft and Dominion Virginia Power announced a partnership to construct a new facility and bring 20 megawatts of solar energy onto the grid in Virginia—enough energy to power 5,000 homes.

Thomas F. Farrell, II, Chairman, President and CEO of Dominion, said, "This forward-looking partnership will assist us in our continued commitment to increase the renewable energy available to serve our customers in Virginia. Microsoft and the Commonwealth play key roles in making this large-scale solar project possible, and we look forward to working with them."

Electric companies know that customers want more flexibility and want to be engaged with their energy use. Partnerships, large and small, are just one way that electric companies are innovating for the future to provide customers the safe, reliable, affordable and increasingly clean energy they need and expect.