Cascades Tissue Group, a division of Cascades Inc., has signed an agreement to nearly double its commitment to purchase wind energy for the production of its North River towel and tissue line. With this purchase, Cascades increases its wind energy commitment by purchasing 20,000 MWh of Green-e certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) annually – a 182% increase over current levels.
The newly purchased wind RECs will offset 100% of the electricity used to manufacture Cascade's North River line of commercial towel and tissue products. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the paper industry is the fourth-largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions among U.S. manufacturing sectors. North River products are made from 100% recycled fiber with a majority of post-consumer material.
Cascades Tissue Group's RECs will be sourced from the Charles City Wind Farm, located in northern Iowa and supplied by Community Energy Inc. Owned by MidAmerican Energy, the wind farm was built in 2008 and has a combined nameplate power capacity of 75 MW generated by 50 GE turbines.
SOURCE: Cascades Inc.