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Honda Transmission contracts with Juhl Wind for two utility-scale wind turbines at Ohio plant; up to 10% of electricity for operations

25 January 2013

Honda Transmission Mfg. of America, Inc. announced an agreement with Juhl Wind, Inc. to develop, install, and operate two utility-scale wind turbines (each rated at about 2MW) to generate electricity for the plant’s operations.

The plant manufactures automatic transmissions, gears and four-wheel-drive systems, including the next-generation Earth Dreams transmission technology. The two wind turbines will supply up to approximately 10% of the plant’s electricity. Based on their location and actual wind speeds, combined output from the two wind turbines is estimated at 10,000-megawatt hours (MWh) per year.

Once the turbines begin operating later this year, the Honda transmission plant in Russells Point, Ohio will be the first major automotive manufacturing facility in the United States to obtain a substantial amount of its electricity directly from wind turbines located on its property.

Studies commissioned by Honda Transmission indicate that wind-generated power is a cost-effective source of electricity for the plant and that the project will not adversely impact local wildlife or the environment.

The decision to go forward with the project followed a thorough evaluation of renewable energy sources for the plant, which Honda announced in February 2012. The turbines, with blades approximately 160 feet (49 meters) long, will be installed on 260-foot (79 meters) towers on Honda Transmission property, which is suited for a maximum of two wind turbines. Last June, the Washington Township (Logan County, Ohio) Board of Zoning Appeals approved a variance to the height limitation for the wind turbines.

Juhl Wind will be primary developer of the project and own the two turbines. Through agreements with Honda Transmission, Juhl will generate electricity for the plant, and be responsible for the interconnect agreement with the Logan County Electric Cooperative and the power purchase agreement with Buckeye Power, Inc.

Globally, Honda has established voluntary goals to reduce the environmental impact of its products and manufacturing operations by 2020. This includes a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions from Honda products, and significant CO2 reductions from the company’s plants and other operations, compared with year 2000 levels.

To achieve these new environmental targets, Honda is accelerating its efforts to advance the environmental performance of its products, and its operations throughout North America. The wind turbine project is among a number of other initiatives at Honda plants to reduce energy use and waste from manufacturing operations.

  • Two Honda automobile plants in Ohio have earned the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification for the sixth year, while a Honda auto plant in Indiana earned the designation for the first time in 2012, boosted by energy efficiency gains from the start of a second shift of auto production.

  • Honda leads all automakers with twelve LEED-Certified "Green Buildings" in North America, and 10 of its 14 North American manufacturing facilities are zero-waste to landfill.

  • Honda of America Mfg. auto plants in Marysville and East Liberty, Ohio have ongoing initiatives to reduce energy consumption. Major areas include installation of energy-efficient equipment, implementing new technologies in auto-body painting systems and lighting efficiency improvements.

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So, 10,000 megawatt hours is the same as 10,000,000 kWatts hours correct? So the two turbines will produce 10,000,000 kWatts hours, with a kWatt hour on average costing what? Is it 14cents? so these turbines will produce 1.4 million dollars of electricity annually. So, what did they cost? What's the pay back time?

On-shore wind power cost about 1.2 million USD per MWatt so 4.8 million USD for this 4MWatt installation. 14 cents is too much for an industrial customer they pay more like 7 cents per kWh. The US state subsidy for wind power is normally 1.8 cents per kWh. That is enough to make wind power compete with coal power and gas. In a decade or so wind power will not need any subsidies in order to compete with coal power or gas.

If ALL damages caused by coal fired power plants where fully included in the cost of e-power produced together with all direct and indirect coal subsidies, the retail price would probably be well over $0.14/kWh.

Beijing residents are getting to feel the effects and would probably be very supportive of more wind turbines, solar panels and electrified vehicles in the very near future?

So who wins the great green wash race -- VW or Honda?

@SD
10% is 10%. A financial auditor would not consider a company making a 10% reduction in its cost base as window dressing. Why then would a carbon auditor not give a company credit for a 10% reduction in the carbon foot print of their electricity usage?

So what is your 'greenwash' threshold? 15%, 20%, 50%?

I think Honda wins, this may actually pay off financially in a short term, hopefully the neighbors wont complain about the noise.

@Thomas Lankester

My 'greenwash' threshold is when I think that it was done primarily for show and when the capital money could have been spent on something that would provide more benefit but might have had less PR value with the uneducated.

One wonders whether Honda will be paying greater demand charges to the utility for the lower and variable consumption, or if they will be using on-site generation and managing it themselves.

Coal fired power plants will go the same way as wood burning steam locomotive did? Next will be NG/SG burning power plants 30 to 50 years latter?

why not put a few turbines at coal plants?.. they could use the greenwashing.. imagine the shock effect of a picture with cooling towers and windmills in the background. I need to patent this :)

"So who wins the great green wash race -- VW or Honda?"

It is a tie. Both projects will produce more press releases than power because they are not designed to produce power. A pure waste of wind turbines and PV panels.

Like TVA, AEP is very good at making cheap power for industrial customers. This creates job in communities known for the good quality of rural living. F150 country not VW or Civic land.

Green washing is for city folks who live in a cesspool.

Green washing?
This is just a part of Honda's corporate-wide reduction in CO2 emission, to a near-term goal of 30%.

"Globally, Honda has established voluntary goals to reduce the environmental impact of its products and manufacturing operations by 2020. This includes a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions from Honda products, and significant CO2 reductions from the company’s plants and other operations, compared with year 2000 levels.

To achieve these new environmental targets, Honda is accelerating its efforts to advance the environmental performance of its products, and its operations throughout North America. The wind turbine project is among a number of other initiatives at Honda plants to reduce energy use and waste from manufacturing operations.

Two Honda automobile plants in Ohio have earned the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification for the sixth year, while a Honda auto plant in Indiana earned the designation for the first time in 2012, boosted by energy efficiency gains from the start of a second shift of auto production.


Honda leads all automakers with twelve LEED-Certified "Green Buildings" in North America, and 10 of its 14 North American manufacturing facilities are zero-waste to landfill.


Honda of America Mfg. auto plants in Marysville and East Liberty, Ohio have ongoing initiatives to reduce energy consumption. Major areas include installation of energy-efficient equipment, implementing new technologies in auto-body painting systems and lighting efficiency improvements.
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This is smart corporate planning and long-term cost reduction. Eventually, fossil fuel energy will cost more and/or will be phased out. Those with the foresight to plan early will be most competitive cost-wise as well as in corporate image.

@Roger

You may want to be a little more skeptical of car company press releases. You seem to like to cut and paste from them without much thought.

There are lots of good examples of industrial facilities reducing environmental impact of doing business. This is not one of them. That is why it is green washing and seems to be very effective on Roger.

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