Nucor Micromill to be the First U.S. Steel Plant to Run on Wind Energy
Long associated with its considerable carbon footprint, the domestic steel industry will have its first wind-powered mill by the end of the year. The $250 million micromill in Sedalia, Mo., is a partnership between Nucor and Evergy.
“We sit in the Saudi Arabia of wind,” Evergy SVP Chuck Caisley told CNBC. “I think that increasingly there will be sustainability requirements companies will want to meet. In Kansas and midwest Missouri we have great wind to meet current and prospective customers with price competitiveness and sustainability. It reduces our environmental footprint in the area and creates jobs.”
This isn’t the only major steel project underway that will employ sustainable power, CNBC reported. Xcel Energy reached an agreement with Lightsource BP to develop a $250 million, 240MW solar power facility in Pueblo, Colo., that will power the EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel facility.
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