General Mills Signs Wind Energy Purchase Agreement With Texas-Based Firm
General Mills has announced that it has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement with Roaring Fork Wind, LLC in Texas.
Roaring Fork Wind, LLC is a joint venture partnership between RES (Renewable Energy Systems) and Steelhead Americas.
Located at Maverick Creek, the new wind farm is around 10 miles away from Cactus Flats, the site of the company's first wind energy project.
Senior director at Steelhead Americas, Chris Rogers, said, “We’re pleased to be a part of General Mills’ commitment to clean power, and proud that Maverick Creek is a fundamental part of that commitment.
"Our strong partnership with RES ensures projects like Maverick Creek will deliver clean, reliable, low-cost wind energy benefits to power America’s energy economy.”
It is the company's largest wind power agreement, and the second in two years, General Mills said in its statement.
Energy from the wind farm coupled with the company’s previous wind power agreement, will be equal to the electricity consumed annually by its domestic facilities.
“General Mills began its milling operations more than 150 years ago with water power from the banks of the Mississippi River,” said John Church, chief supply chain officer, and global business solutions officer at General Mills.
“By learning from history, and tying back to our clean power roots, the equivalent of our domestic facilities’ annual electricity needs will be covered by clean wind power, helping to reach our climate commitment of decreasing our carbon footprint by 28 percent by 2025.”
General Mills’ investment will finance the construction of the project in Maverick Creek in Concho County in Texas by RES and Steelhead Americas.
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