General mills greens up production with wind power purchase

General mills greens up production with wind power purchase
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US food major General Mills has taken a massive leap forward to reaching its climate goals after inking a virtual 15-year purchase power agreement for 200MW of wind power.

The Maverick Creek wind project in Texas run by Roaring Fork Wind, a joint venture partnership between Renewable Energy Systems and Steelhead Americas.

Maverick Creek is just 10 miles from Cactus Flats, the wind project in General Mills’ first wind energy purchase agreement.

Combined with General Mills’ previous wind power agreement, this new agreement equals 100% of the electricity used annually at the company’s owned domestic facilities.

“General Mills began its milling operations more than 150 years ago with water power from the banks of the Mississippi River,” said John Church, Chief Supply Chain Officer and Global Business Solutions Officer at General Mills.

“By learning from history, and tying back to our clean power roots, the equivalent of our domestic facilities’ annual electricity needs will be covered by clean wind power, helping to reach our climate commitment of decreasing our carbon footprint by 28% by 2025.”