Kimberly-Clark to Power North American Mills with Renewable Wind Energy
At Kimberly-Clark, everything we do is motivated by our vision to lead the world in essentials for a better life. This inspires our efforts to make lives better with the products that we sell and the programs that we implement.
One aspect of Kimberly-Clark’s Energy & Climate strategy is its recently announced commitment to renewable energy with two new wind power agreements to purchase approximately 1,000,000 megawatt hours (245 megawatts - MW) of electricity annually from new projects in Texas and Oklahoma.
The long-term power purchase agreements (PPA) include wind energy from the Rock Falls Wind project in Northern Oklahoma, being developed by EDF Renewable Energy, and the Santa Rita Wind Energy Center in West Texas, being built by Invenergy. The Rock Falls Wind project will become operational by the end of 2017, and the Santa Rita facility is expected to begin commercial operation by the second quarter of 2018.
The renewable energy supplied by the wind farms is equivalent to about one-third of the electricity needs of Kimberly-Clark’s North American manufacturing operations, and will enable the company to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 550,000 metric tons annually. This is equivalent to removing 116,178 passenger vehicles from the road, or not burning nearly 600 million pounds of coal annually. The renewable energy supplied by the two wind farms will also help the company to surpass its goal four years ahead of the original 2022 target to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent from 2005 levels.
“These agreements mark Kimberly-Clark’s first use of utility-scale renewable energy and are a step-change in our energy and climate strategy to reduce climate change impacts, improve operating efficiency and benefit cost savings,” said Lisa Morden, Global Head of Sustainability at Kimberly-Clark.
“These two renewable energy projects, combined with a number of other energy initiatives across the company put Kimberly-Clark on-track to deliver significant multimillion dollar cost savings from energy and climate projects by 2022,” Morden said. “It’s a great demonstration of sustainability initiatives having both great environmental and business benefits.”
These two renewable energy projects build on extensive work undertaken by Kimberly-Clark to reduce its carbon footprint and create business value through greater energy efficiency, conservation and alternative energy programs including:
To support the growth of renewable energy sources, Kimberly-Clark has signed on to the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles, a collaboration of leading companies seeking simplified access to renewable electricity to meet their clean and low carbon energy goals.
"We used the Renewable Energy Buyers Principles when evaluating the business case for pursuing the uptake of utility-scale renewable energy with the EDF and Invenergy projects. Therefore, it was a natural, but significant step for us to formally sign on and publicly endorse the Renewable Energy Buyers Principles" said Stewart Van Horn, Director of Global Energy Solutions at Kimberly-Clark.
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