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GM, CMS Energy wind farm partnership helping small town

GM is benefiting from a partnership with CMS energy to harness wind energy in Ohio, but it's also helping the community those turbines are in.

Posted: Oct 8, 2018 5:53 PM
Updated: Oct 9, 2018 6:11 AM

HAVILAND, Oh. (FOX 55) - If you've ever driven into Ohio along US 30, you've probably noticed wind turbines scattered across the farmland. General Motors is striving for 100% percent renewable energy by 2050 and they’re now tapping into one of those wind farms to help all operations in Ohio and Indiana to go green.

CMS energy has developed the newest one located in Haviland, Ohio. DV Rao, who works for CMS Energy, says the company doesn’t just want to make money.

He says "it’s the impact on the community we are making, it’s the impact on the planet, and what we are doing that’s going to last beyond our generation. Helping the communities thrive and live a better life."

This project is one of many wind farms in Northwest Ohio. One of the biggest harvesters from this wind farm will be GM, who says it makes financial sense to keep investing in green energy.

"Prices are coming down. We really see the ability, as well as our technology from a battery storage and fuel cell standpoint, they’re really coming together when you think about how fast utility and transportation sector are changing," said Rob Threlkeld, Global Manager of Renewable Energy for GM

GM isnt the only beneficiary though, Wayne Trace Local Schools have received revenue from previous turbine project and that money goes right back into the schools.

Lisa McClure, who's a boardmember at Wayne Trace Local Schools said "we’ve hired some educators, special education and we’ve worked for putting money into technology as well."

This was thanks to the revenue generated by wind farms.

McClure is also the Executive Director of the Paulding County Area Development. She believes projects like this could help towns keep money in the taxpayers pocket.

“It helps farmers with the land payments and the directness there it helps the county as a revenue source. So, it’s just a win-win for everybody in the county.”

GM is currently meeting 20% of their goal to be 100% Renewable Energy by 2050.

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