Renewables, Wind

GM to Power All Ohio, Indiana Manufacturing Plants with Wind

By Editors of Power Engineering

Every General Motors manufacturing plant in Ohio and Indiana will now be completely powered by wind energy thanks to a 200-MW power purchase agreement.

The automaker is now the sole user of the Northwest Ohio Wind Farm, a 100-MW project owned by Starwood Energy Group. Another 100 MW will come from Swift Current Energy’s HillTopper Wind Project in Logan County, Illinois.

Facilities to be powered by these purchases include the Fort Wayne Assembly, Marion Metal Center and Bedford Casting plants in Indiana and Lordstown Assembly, Defiance Casting Operations, Parma Metal Center and Toledo Transmission plants in Ohio.

“Technology is driving solutions for mobility and safety in our vehicles, as well as the new energy solutions that build them,” said Gerald Johnson, GMNA vice president of Manufacturing and Labor. “This is the way we do business: offering vehicles that serve our customers’ lifestyle needs while providing sustainable solutions that improve our communities.”

General Motors has set a goal to use 100 percent renewable energy in its operations. The company also uses a solar array with battery storage to power an office building at Milford Proving Ground in Michigan.