Industrial, Sourcing Renewables, Wind  -  September 12, 2018

Herman Miller to reach 100% RE

Furnishings manufacturer Herman Miller, furnishings manufacturer signed a four-year PPA to power its Spring Lake, Mich. manufacturing locations with 100% renewable energy. The company will receive approximately 25,000 megawatt hours of wind energy annually.

According to a statement, this investment in renewable energy is one component of Herman Miller's Earthright Strategy, their commitment to creating a better world by 2023.  "Sustainable practices and creating a better world have been part of Herman Miller's guiding principles since the company's start," said Gabe Wing, director of safety and sustainability at Herman Miller. "This project will help us meet our sustainability goals — and doesn't negatively impact our business. We will continue to reduce our carbon footprint through energy efficiency projects and supporting green energy projects like Harvest II where the market allows."

The agreement was signed with Constellation, an Exelon company, which will provide the energy from the Harvest II wind project in Elkton, Mich., which is managed by Exelon Generation.

The Spring Lake campus is responsible for about a quarter of Herman Miller's global energy consumption – and is the biggest consumer of electricity in Spring Lake. The campus consists of two vertically integrated steel manufacturing facilities that fabricate, powder coat, and assemble numerous products, including height adjustable tables, filing and storage systems, and desking.

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