BD plans to purchase NPPD wind energy

November 14, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

COLUMBUS — Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) will use electricity from a southeast Nebraska wind farm to meet its renewable energy goals.

The medical technology company and Nebraska Public Power District announced an agreement Wednesday to purchase renewable energy credits over the next 20 years from the Steele Flats Wind Farm, 44 turbines constructed near Highway 8 in Jefferson and Gage counties.

Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources owns the 75-megawatt wind farm, which began commercial operation earlier this month, and NPPD has a 20-year agreement with the company to purchase all of the electricity produced there.

BD will buy 30 megawatts of this electricity for its manufacturing plants in Columbus and Holdrege as part of a worldwide sustainability program. The company, headquartered in Franklin Lakes, N.J., receives 35 percent of its energy from renewable sources, including the Steele Flats Wind Farm.

“We are very pleased that our collaboration with NPPD is benefiting the community and the environment,” Steve Sichak, a senior vice president with BD, said in a release. “Our commitment to renewable energy is well-aligned with our company values and it also enhances our operational efficiency.”

BD operates two plants in Columbus, BD Medical at 2153 12th Ave. and BD Pharmaceutical at 605 E. 23rd St.

With the addition of the Steele Flats Wind Farm, coupled with the planned Broken Bow II Wind Farm to be completed by the end of 2014, NPPD will be within 45 megawatts of its board-directed goal of having 10 percent of its energy come from renewable sources by 2020.

NPPD owns the Ainsworth Wind Farm and purchases power from the Elkhorn Ridge Wind Farm near Bloomfield, Crofton Bluffs Wind Energy Facility, Laredo Ridge Wind Farm near Petersburg, Broken Bow Wind Farm and Springview Wind Energy Facility.

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