Kimberly-Clark to buy 245MW energy from two new windpower projects


US-based personal care solution provider Kimberly-Clark has entered two long-term deals to purchase 245MW of electricity from two windpower projects currently under development in Texas and Oklahoma.

Under the deals, Kimberly-Clark will receive 120MW or the equivalent of 78% of electricity to be generated by the Rock Falls Wind project, which is being developed by EDF Renewables in northern Oklahoma, US.

The company will also obtain 125MW or 42% of the power to be produced by the Santa Rita Wind Energy Centre project being built by Invenergy in west Texas.

“Adding wind-generated electricity to the energy mix will enable the company to achieve more than a 25% reduction in GHG emissions in 2018."

The agreements will enable Kimberly-Clark to buy 1,000GWh of renewable energy, which represents nearly one-third of the electricity required to power the company’s North American manufacturing operations.

Once delivered, the clean energy is expected to enable Kimberly-Clark to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by up to 550,000t per year, which is estimated to be equivalent to removing 116,178 passenger vehicles from the road or not burning around 600Mlb of coal per annum.

Kimberly-Clark sustainability global head Lisa Morden said: “Adding wind-generated electricity to the energy mix will enable the company to achieve more than a 25% reduction in GHG emissions in 2018, which is four years ahead of the original 2022 target to reduce absolute GHG emissions by 20% from 2005 levels.

“These two renewable energy projects, combined with a number of other energy initiatives across the company, put Kimberly-Clark on-track to deliver significant multimillion dollar cost savings from energy and climate projects by 2022.”

The Rock Falls Wind project is set to become operational by the end of this year, while the Santa Rita facility is due to be commissioned by the second quarter of next year.