Energy and Natural Resources

Wind Energy Projects Win Support of Paper Maker

14 September 2017

Kimberly-Clark Corp. says it will buy around 245 megawatts of electricity from two new wind power projects in Texas and Oklahoma.

The power generated by the wind farms is equivalent to about one-third of the electricity needs of Kimberly-Clark's North American manufacturing operations. The company says the deal will enable it to surpass its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goal four years earlier than expected.

The announcement comes a day after brewer Anheuser-Busch announced a similar deal to support an Oklahoma wind energy project through a purchase power agreement (PPA) with Enel Green Power.

Kimberly-Clark entered long-term power purchase agreements to fund 120 MW, or 78 percent, of the electricity to be generated by the Rock Falls Wind project being developed by EDF Renewables in northern Oklahoma, and 125 MW, or 42 percent, of the electricity to be generated by the Santa Rita Wind Energy Center being built by Invenergy in west Texas.

The power agreements will enable the company to achieve more than a 25 percent reduction in GHG emissions in 2018, four years ahead of the original 2022 target to reduce GHG emissions by 20 percent from 2005 levels.

In addition to the wind power agreements, Kimberly-Clark is pursuing other energy efficiency, conservation and alternative energy programs, including:

  • Six large-scale electricity cogeneration facilities with waste heat recovery, including a seventh project recently announced and under construction at the company's Mobile, Ala., manufacturing facility (due to start up in 2019).
  • Four biomass thermal energy generating plants that provide steam for the company's tissue operations.
  • More than 350 energy initiatives completed by the company across its operations since 2015.

The Rock Falls Wind project will become operational by the end of 2017, and the Santa Rita facility is expected to begin commercial operation by the second quarter of 2018.

To contact the author of this article, email david.wagman@ieeeglobalspec.com


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