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EDF building new Texas wind farm for Procter & Gamble

A wind farm in West Texas, outside of Roby. (Photo courtesy Rational Middle Media)
A wind farm in West Texas, outside of Roby. (Photo courtesy Rational Middle Media)

San Diego-based EDF Renewable Energy said Monday it will build a 123-megawatt wind farm north of Dallas to power Procter & Gamble’s plants that make its laundry, dish-washing and other cleaning products.

Procter & Gamble made the announcement of the Tyler Bluff Wind Project on Monday at the White House as part of the company signing the “American Business Act on Climate Pledge” to achieve 30 percent renewable energy power to its plants globally by 2020. Eighty other companies made similar pledges Monday.

The wind farm will be built near Muenster in Cooke County by the end of 2016.

Tristan Grimbert, the CEO of EDF Renewable Energy, said in an interview that preliminary work on the project began late last year in order to qualify for the now-expired, federal production tax credit, but the wind turbines will not be delivered until 2016.

“It’s such a strong sign of commitment from corporate America to non-carbon generating facilities,” Grimbert said, arguing for the extension of the tax credit that benefits the wind industry. “Corporate American is speaking today … and I think Congress should be listening.”

The wind farm will produce enough electricity to power all of Procter & Gamble’s North American fabric and home care plants in Ohio, Missouri, Louisiana, Kansas and Canada where brands such as Tide, Gain, Downy, Dawn, Cascade, Febreze and Mr. Clean are produced.

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