GM buying wind power for Lordstown plant - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

GM buying wind power for Lordstown plant

Posted: Updated:
LORDSTOWN, Ohio -

General Motors says operations at its Assembly Plant in Lordstown are going greener.

The automaker announced on Tuesday that the plant that makes the Chevy Cruze is among seven GM facilities that will receive some of their electricity from wind power.

All of GM's Ohio and Indiana manufacturing facilities – including those that build the Chevrolet Cruze and Silverado and GMC Sierra light-duty pickup trucks – will share 200 megawatts of energy that GM has purchased from Ohio and Illinois wind farms.

Colleen Oberc, who is with GM's communications department, says the Lordstown plant will still use power from traditional sources like FirstEnergy for the balance of its power needs.

In 2014 GM completed the installation of a massive solar array of 8,500 solar panels in Lordstown.

It covers six and a half acres and generates 2.2 megawatts.

One year before that, GM said it would be switching to LED lighting at the Lordstown complex, making it the largest such conversion in North America.

Also benefiting from the wind power purchase will be the Fort Wayne Assembly, Marion Metal Center and Bedford Casting plants in Indiana and Defiance Casting Operations, Parma Metal Center and Toledo Transmission plants in Ohio.

GM will be the sole user of the Northwest Ohio Wind farm, a 100 MW project owned by Starwood Energy Group.

Swift Current Energy will provide 100 MW from its HillTopper Wind Project in Logan County, Illinois.

  • More NewsMore>>

  • Historic High School football rivalry in jeopardy

    Historic High School football rivalry in jeopardy

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 12:14 AM EDT2017-10-17 04:14:33 GMT
     A heated topic for over three months, the battle of 224 could be in jeopardy. Canfield alleging part of the issue is  Poland's abrupt leaving the conference with no prior warning. Before the season began both head coaches spoke out on the potential end to the rivalry.  "Certainly disappointed in the decisions that have been made. We would love to continue to play for the student-athletes of the schools and for the communities, but we believe it should be we...More >>
     A heated topic for over three months, the battle of 224 could be in jeopardy. Canfield alleging part of the issue is  Poland's abrupt leaving the conference with no prior warning. Before the season began both head coaches spoke out on the potential end to the rivalry.  "Certainly disappointed in the decisions that have been made. We would love to continue to play for the student-athletes of the schools and for the communities, but we believe it should be we...More >>
  • UPDATE

    Plane crashes in Gustavus Township

    Plane crashes in Gustavus Township

    Monday, October 16 2017 11:36 PM EDT2017-10-17 03:36:18 GMT

    A small plane crashed in Gustavus Township in Trumbull County Monday evening. 

    More >>

    A small plane crashed in Gustavus Township in Trumbull County Monday evening. 

    More >>
  • New Jefferson Twp bridge now open

    New Jefferson Twp bridge now open

    Monday, October 16 2017 11:32 PM EDT2017-10-17 03:32:46 GMT

    The bridge on Route 62 in Jefferson Township to Magargee Run is now open to traffic. 

    More >>

    The bridge on Route 62 in Jefferson Township to Magargee Run is now open to traffic. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms