General Motors has committed to a fossil fuel-free future by 2050, and it’s begun to take steps today to achieve the major goal.
According to a CNBC report on Thursday, a new Illinois wind farm has been flipped online. The Enel Green Power-operated wind farm will provide renewable and clean energy for GM manufacturing operations in Indiana and Ohio. Other purchase agreements will see wind power sold to Bloomberg, and Constellation, an Exelon business.
The wind farm is capable of churning out 570 gigawatt hours worth of electricity every year. A part of the constellation will send 100 megawatts worth of energy to GM facilities. The additional renewable energy will mean the Indiana and Ohio facilities will be powered by 100 percent clean energy.
GM previously announced a new Ohio wind farm, 30 miles east of Fort Wayne, Indiana, will also supply clean energy to the plants. It too will provide 100 megawatts worth of energy.
“Through this first project in Illinois, we are helping our customers meet their clean energy goals with competitive solutions that adapt to their power needs and business objectives,” Antonio Cammisecra, the CEO of Enel Green Power, said in a statement.
GM foresees the pace of green energy innovation accelerating rapidly. Earlier this year, GM Global Manager of Renewables Rob Threlkeld said he foresees more innovation in the sector over the next five years than we’ve seen in the past 50 years. However, he said procuring green energy still remains a challenge, i.e., sending wind energy to plants across the U.S. to meet demands.
The U.S. has largely lagged behind other nations in adding more wind farms. In 2017, the U.S. added just 7 gigawatts worth of capacity. China, on the other hand, added nearly 20 gigawatts. The European Union also added 15.6 gigawatts worth of wind energy.