General Motors going 100 percent green at Ohio, Indiana plants

General Motors going 100 percent green at Ohio, Indiana plants |

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The four General Motors plants in Ohio, including the Lordstown plant that assembles the Chevrolet Cruze, and three plants in Indiana will be supplied with 100 percent green electricity by the end of 2018.

GM has signed two long-term contracts to buy electricity from two soon-to-be-built wind farms in Ohio and Illinois.

All of the power from the Ohio farm, rated at 100 megawatts, or 1 million watts, will go to GM facilities. One hundred megawatts of the 185-megawatt Illinois wind farm will go to GM. 

The Ohio Power Siting Board approved the Ohio wind farm in late 2013, before the Republican majority in the Ohio General Assembly put the brakes on wind development in the state in 2014 by limiting the distance a wind turbine could be from the fields of property owners not participating in the wind farm. No developers have proposed new wind farms since the property set-back change was made.

Senate Bill 188, introduced last week in the middle of a wind farm under construction by Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, would reduce that distance and, say wind industry proponents, usher in a wind farm building boom. Some of the House Republicans are opposed to the legislation, which Hite describes as a compromise.