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New Wind Farm in Illinois to Help Power GM Plants in Ohio and Indiana

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One of the many ways that General Motors is working toward the fossil-free future it hopes to achieve by 2050 is the use of wind energy. Several GM facilities are already powered by local wind farms.

The latest wind farm to power GM’s operations is the 185-megawatt HillTopper wind farm in Illinois.

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The wind farm is operated by the Italian company Enel as a part of its Enel Green Power North America initiative. The HillTopper facility is located in Illinois’ Logan County.

Currently, companies have invested $325 million in the wind farm. Among those companies are Bloomberg, Constellation, and, of course, GM. Overall, the farm can produce approximately 570 gigawatt hours of energy per year.

An 100-megawatt section of the facility will be utilized by GM. The energy generated by this section of the wind farm will power GM facilities in both Indiana and Ohio.

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“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,” said Antonio Cammisecra, the CEO of Enel Green Power, in a statement.

The HillTopper facility is the third wind farm that GM has partnered with so far this year. Back in May, GM announced that it would power its Lordstown Assembly, Fort Wayne Assembly, and Toledo Transmission locations with energy generated by the Northwest Ohio Wind Farm. GM made a similar statement in October, revealing that the Catctus Flats Wind Warm in Eden, Texas, would supply the power for its Arlington plant over the course of the next few years.

In 2017, the wind industry generated 52 gigawatts of additional energy. GM’s commitment to several of these facilities demonstrates just how quickly this energy sector is evolving.

News Source: CNBC