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Williams collaborates with Microsoft on clean energy transition

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Williams has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) 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.

In a press release, Alan Armstrong, president and chief executive officer said, “Williams shares Microsoft’s vision for a low carbon future. Likewise, Williams is committed to helping our customers achieve their sustainability goals while meeting energy demand with the reliability of clean natural gas and renewable energy sources.”  

The collaboration 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.

By setting a goal of a 56% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, Williams is well in line with the country’s recently announced Nationally Determined Contribution target of a 50-52% emissions reduction by 2030.

Darryl Willis, corporate vice president of energy at Microsoft said, “Microsoft looks forward to working with Williams on their energy transition journey. 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 MoU, 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.
  • Identify operational efficiencies through a connected workforce and data-driven intelligence.

Since 2005, Williams’ infrastructure has helped the U.S. decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 33 million metric tons — the equivalent of removing more than 7 million gasoline-powered cars from the road for a year.

Learn more how Williams is building a clean energy economy by focusing on practical and immediate opportunities to reduce emissions and scale renewables and looking forward to and anticipating future innovations and technologies.