GM buying wind power for Lordstown plant

Starwood fills GM tank

GM buying wind power for Lordstown plant

General Motors is looking to make the Lordstown plant more environmentally-friendly when it comes to powering the plant.

Also benefiting from the wind power purchase will be the Fort Wayne Assembly, Marion Metal Center and Bedford Casting plants in IN and Defiance Casting Operations, Parma Metal Center and Toledo Transmission plants in Ohio. General Motors is using a four-part strategy to reach its 100 percent renewable energy goals.

Sep 20 (Renewables Now) - US private investor Starwood Energy Group Global LLC has struck a deal to sell the output of its 100-MW Northwest Ohio wind project to automotive giant General Motors (NYSE:GM). Gerald Johnson, the GMNA vice president of Manufacturing and Labor said, "Technology is driving solutions for mobility and safety in our vehicles, as well as the new energy solutions that build them". "With a pragmatic strategy, companies can turn ambitious renewable energy goals into action and scale quickly".

GM has used renewable energy for decades, saving about $5 million annually as a result.

Even before the deal was signed, the Arlington plant was meeting about half its electricity needs from renewable sources. In 2018, it will be the first of GM's factories to be totally reliant on renewable energy, GM officials said at the time.

In addition to the Arlington plant, the wind-generated electricity from Concho County will power GM's Austin IT Innovation Center, a GM financial office in Fort Worth and 13 parts warehouses.

"With this 200 MW wind purchase, we're locking in to long-term contracts with fixed energy costs", Rob Threlkeld, global manager of renewable energy at GM, told Energy Manager Today. The company uses EV batteries in tandem with a solar array to power an office building at its Milford Proving Ground in MI and is researching the use of fuel cells as energy storage in the future. GM made its first wind purchase in 2014 for several of its Mexico operations, followed by deals supporting Texas wind farms for 30 and 50 megawatts of energy.

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