Williams has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Microsoft to explore ways to transform its energy infrastructure networks through digital technology and advance its net-zero emissions goals.
Through the MoU, Williams and Microsoft will 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. The two companies will also 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.
“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,” said Alan Armstrong, president and chief executive officer at Williams. “This alignment between two forward-looking companies demonstrates the environmental and economic benefits possible when we work together to achieve reductions in carbon emissions.”
The MoU supports Williams’ near-term climate commitment of 56% absolute reduction in company-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 by leveraging technology available today to reduce emissions, scale renewables, and build a clean energy economy.
“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.”
Headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Williams owns and operates more than 30,000 miles (48,280 km) of pipeline systems and handles approximately 30% of the natural gas in the United States used every day in power generation, heating, and industrial use.