Published Date : Sep 22, 2017
US automotive behemoth General Motors Company (GM) has confirmed that it will purchase wind energy of 200 megawatts to completely fulfill electricity needs of its Indiana and Ohio manufacturing facilities. The company will be buying two different wind farms, one each in Illinois and Ohio. GM will buy 100 MW of energy produced from HillTopper Wind Project of 175-200 MW in Logan County, Illinois and the total energy produced from Northwest Ohio Wind farm of 100 MW owned by Starwood Energy Group.
GM Following Sustainable Solutions for its Processing
The power needs of all of GM’s Indiana and Ohio manufacturing facilities including Toledo Transmission plants, Parma Metal Center, Defiance Casting Operations, and Lordstown Assembly, in Ohio and Bedford Casting plants, Marion Metal Center, and Fort Wayne Assembly in Indiana will be fulfilled by the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs).
GMNA vice president of Manufacturing and Labor, Gerald Johnson shared that the technology is driving solutions for safety and mobility in their vehicle along with the new energy solutions that are used to build them. He further took pride in their way of business, where they provide sustainable solutions and offer vehicles that serve their customers’ lifestyle. Furthermore, GM global manager of renewable energy, Rob Threlkeld, shared that they are adopting to renewable sources and sharing best practices with other organizations to help them too to reduce risk and energy costs.
GM has been utilizing renewable energy for the functioning of its units, and has saved over $5 million annually as a result. In 2014, GM first wind energy PPA for few of its Mexico operations. Furthermore, the company GM also utilizes solar power at 26 of its facilities.