GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Steelcase Inc. signed a 12-year power purchase agreement with Apex Clean Energy for 25 megawatts of wind power. This makes up about half of the business furniture maker's renewable energy buys and directly supports construction of a new clean energy facility to open this year.
“At a time when businesses and governments are working to align on climate strategies, we maintain a sense of urgency and optimism," said Jim Keane, Steelcase president and CEO. "We are focused on finding new ways to reduce our overall energy use.”
The office furniture manufacturer has invested in renewable energy credits equivalent to 100 percent of its global electricity consumption since 2014.
Under the agreement with Apex’s Grant Plains Wind project, a 150-megawatt facility in Grant County, Oklahoma, Steelcase will support production of approximately 100 million kilowatt-hours of clean, renewable wind energy each year. This amount is equal to around 70 percent of Steelcase’s U.S. electricity usage, or roughly the electricity needed to power 9,100 homes per year.
Steelcase says it has a long history of supporting renewable energy development. The company received a Green Power Leadership Award from the EPA in 2014.