Commercial, Wind  -  December 21, 2017

Kimberly-Clark ramps up wind energy use

A milestone in the development of Kimberly Clark Corp.'s  first major investment in wind energy has been achieved: The Oklahoma project it has agreed to purchase 120 MW of generation from — enough to more than offset the greenhouse gas emissions associated with electric consumption at its Jenks, Okla., manufacturing facility — has entered operations.

One of a number of Kimberly-Clark's North American manufacturing sites, the Jenks facility produces products for Kleenex, Scott, Cottonelle and Viva brands. In a statement, Kimberly-Clark Global Head of Sustainability Lisa Morden said the electricity purchased through its PPA with EDF Renewable Energy for the output from the Rock Falls wind project would offset 1.5 times the Jenks facility's emissions. 

Morden said the project "marks a significant step in Kimberly-Clark's energy and climate strategy." 

The company first announced its investment in the project in September, alongside a separate long-term PPA for 125 MW of power from the Santa Rita Wind Energy Center being built by Invenergy in West Texas. Combined, renewable energy supplied by the two wind farms will enable Kimberly-Clark to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 550,000 metric tons annually, the company said at the time

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