Williams has signed with Microsoft to explore ways to transform one of the nation’s largest energy infrastructure networks through digital technology and innovation while advancing net zero emissions goals.
“Microsoft looks forward to working with Williams on their energy transition journey,” said Darryl Willis, corporate vice president of energy at Microsoft. “Through digital transformation and a focus on a net zero carbon future, we will be able to unlock new business models and untapped value.”
Through the agreement, Williams and Microsoft will begin to explore lower carbon opportunities with a focus on the development of a hydrogen economy, renewable natural gas products, carbon capture utilization and storage, and energy storage solutions; evaluate ways for Williams to leverage Microsoft Azure services and solutions to further improve emissions monitoring and reporting; and identify operational efficiencies through a connected workforce and data-driven intelligence.
The MoU also supports Williams’ near-term climate commitment of 56% absolute reduction in company-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 by leveraging technology available today to reduce emissions, scale renewables and build a clean energy economy, while looking forward and anticipating future innovations on the path to net zero by 2050.
Since 2005, Williams’ infrastructure has helped the US decrease GHG emissions by 33 million metric tons — the equivalent of removing more than seven million gasoline-powered cars from the road for a year.
Williams owns and operates more than 30,000 miles of pipelines system wide – including Transco, the nation’s largest volume and fastest growing pipeline – and handles approximately 30% of the natural gas in the United States that is used every day for clean-power generation, heating, and industrial use.
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