Danone signs 12-year renewable energy agreement

Food and beverage giant Danone North America has signed a 12-year renewable energy power purchase agreement with Enel.

A subsidiary of US-based Enel Green Power North America, Enel started its 450 MW High Lonesome wind farm in Texas late last year. A 50 MW expansion is expected early this quarter.

“The start of operations of Enel’s largest wind farm in the world marks a significant achievement for our company and reinforces our global commitment to accelerated renewable energy growth,” said Antonio Cammisecra, chie executive of Enel Green Power. “This milestone is matched with a new partnership with Danone North America to support their renewable goals, a reinforcement of our continued commitment to provide customers with tailored solutions to meet their sustainability goals.”

The agreement between Enel and Danone North America will provide enough electricity to produce the equivalent of almost 800 million cups of yogurt and over 80 million gallons of milk each year and support the food and beverage company’s commitment to securing 100 per cent of its purchased electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

Mariano Lozano, chief executive of Danone North America, added: “This is an exciting and significant step as we continue to advance our 2030 renewable electricity goals. As a public benefit corporation committed to balancing the needs of our business with those of society and the planet, we truly believe that this agreement makes sense from both a business and sustainability point of view. We’re delighted to be working with Enel Green Power to expand their High Lonesome wind farm and grow the renewable electricity infrastructure here in the US.”