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General Mills Enters Wind Energy Purchase Agreement

Article-General Mills Enters Wind Energy Purchase Agreement

General Mills is investing in wind energy. Image courtesy of US EPA
General Mills is investing in wind energy. Image courtesy of US EPA

General Mills entered into a 15-year power purchase agreement with Renewable Energy Systems (RES) for 100-megawatts of power from the energy firm’s Cactus Flats wind project in Texas, the Minneapolis, MN food company announced Thursday.

“As we help to mitigate the impacts of climate change, investing in wind energy is the right thing to do,” John Church, executive vice president of supply chain at General Mills, said in a statement. “This investment is another step towards reducing our energy footprint and achieving sustainable emission levels – in line with scientific consensus – by 2050.”

The food company will help fund construction of RES’ Cactus Flats project in Concho County, TX. Wind power generated at the site will be used for renewable energy credits that can be used toward achieving General Mills’ greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. Emissions were reduced across the company’s value chain by 2% in 2016, a press release said.

“RES is proud to support General Mills in reducing its energy footprint and reaching its sustainability goals,” said Brian Evans, chief development officer of RES in the Americas, in a statement. “We will continue to work with industry leaders, like General Mills, to deliver clean, reliable power at a competitive price.”

Situated in central Texas, RES’ Cactus Flats site has a wind power capacity of more than 20,000 MW, General Mills said.

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