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Kimberly-Clark signs PPAs to purchase 245MW of wind energy in US

CTBR Staff Writer Published 15 September 2017

Kimberly-Clark has signed power purchase agreements (PPA) to buy 245MW or one million megawatt hours of clean energy from two new wind projects in Texas and Oklahoma.

Kimberly-Clark signed PPAs with EDF Renewables in Northern Oklahoma to buy 120MW from its Rock Falls Wind project. It has also signed agreement with Invenergy in West Texas, to buy 125MW from its Santa Rita Wind Energy Center.

The two wind projects are presently in the development stages. Once operational and when Kimberly-Clark starts receiving power, it will be enough to power about one-third of the electricity needs of the company’s North American manufacturing operations.

Kimberly-Clark states that by using renewable energy, it can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals four years earlier than expected.

Kimberly-Clark Sustainability Global Head Lisa Morden said: "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.

"Adding wind-generated electricity to the energy mix will enable the company to achieve more than a 25 percent reduction in GHG emissions in 2018, which is four years ahead of the original 2022 target to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent from 2005 levels."

The clean energy that Kimberly-Clark will receive is enough to offset 550,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions every year and it is equivalent of taking away 116,000 passenger vehicles off the road or avoiding burning of 600 million pound of coal every year.

The agreement from the two projects is part of the company’s work on reducing its carbon footprint and alternative energy programs, including six large-scale electricity cogeneration facilities with waste heat recovery and a seventh project announced at its Mobile, Alabama manufacturing facility.

Four biomass thermal energy generation plants provide steam for its tissue operations. The company also claims that it has completed more than 350 energy initiatives across its operations since 2015.

Image: Kimberly-Clark agrees to buy 245MW of clean energy to power US operations. Photo: Courtesy of KatyaRUB/FreeImages.com.