The J. M. Smucker Co., whose brands include Smucker’s, Jif, Folgers and Crisco, has entered into a long-term wind power purchase agreement with Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE).
Smucker will purchase 60 MW of the 230 MW Plum Creek Wind Project, located in Wayne County, Neb. Starting in 2020, the wind energy produced from the Plum Creek project will cover approximately 50% of Smucker’s total electricity use.
“This agreement is an important step forward in our organization-wide effort to significantly reduce greenhouse-gas emissions intensity,” says Julia Sabin, vice president of government relations and corporate sustainability for The J. M. Smucker Co. “In 2017, electricity accounted for more than half our greenhouse-gas emissions. This agreement will not only reduce our carbon footprint but will also allow us to make a lasting contribution to our nation’s renewable energy capacity.”
LCE has developed and financed more than 2 GW of wind power over the last four years.
“In addition to creating high-paying local jobs, the Plum Creek Wind Project will result in over $3 million in local community benefits annually in the Wayne County area,” adds Declan Flanagan, founder and CEO of LCE. “We are excited to begin a successful relationship with The J. M. Smucker Co.”
Schneider Electric Energy & Sustainability Services served as an advisor to Smucker on its selection of Plum Creek.