General Mills to match 100% of annual U.S. electricity use with new wind power agreement
The project’s renewable energy credits can be applied toward General Mills’ greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.
General Mills, Minneapolis, signed a virtual 15-year power purchase agreement with Roaring Fork Wind, LLC, a joint venture partnership between Renewable Energy Systems (RES), UK, and Steelhead Americas, Portland, Ore., for 200 megawatts (MW) of its Maverick Creek wind project. The wind project, located in central Texas, will produce renewable energy credits for General Mills that, together with the company’s previous wind power agreement, are calculated to equal 100% of the electricity used annually at the company’s owned domestic facilities. During the peak of construction, the project is anticipated to create approximately 175 jobs in the clean energy workforce.
“General Mills began its milling operations more than 150 years ago with water power from the banks of the Mississippi River,” says 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% by 2025.”
Maverick Creek is just 10 miles from Cactus Flats, the wind project in General Mills’ first wind energy purchase agreement.
General Mills’ commitment to purchase green power from Roaring Fork will help to finance the construction of the Maverick Creek wind project being developed in Concho County, Texas, by RES and Steelhead Americas. The project’s renewable energy credits can be applied toward General Mills’ greenhouse gas emission reduction goals, and will enable the company to reduce its Scope 2 emissions as part of its target of sustainable emission levels across its global value chain by 2050. Through 2018, General Mills has reduced the greenhouse gas emissions of its extended value chain by 13% compared to its 2010 baseline.
“RES, in partnership with Steelhead Americas, is delighted to support General Mills’ effort to match 100% of the electricity used at company-owned domestic facilities,” says Graham Reid, CEO, Americas for RES. “Delivering the Maverick Creek project brings RES closer to fulfilling our vision where everyone has access to affordable zero carbon energy.”
“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,” says Chris Rogers, senior director at Steelhead Americas.