Rivian to use wind energy to manufacture EVs at its Illinois plant.
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Rivian to use wind energy to manufacture EVs at its Illinois plant.

Rivian and Apex Clean Energy announced the signing of a power purchase agreement for 50 megawatts of electricity from Goose Creek Wind farm in Piatt County, Illinois.

To reduce its carbon footprint and reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, EV manufacturer Rivian will use wind energy to manufacture EVs. Rivian signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Apex Clean Energy for 50 megawatts (MW) of electricity from the Goose Creek Wind farm in Piatt County, Illinois.

The agreement is in line with Rivian’s long-term vision of enabling high-impact renewable energy projects that reduce its carbon footprint and help the company to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2040.

With this purchase and other renewable energy sources, Rivian will be able to power as much as 75% of its Normal, Illinois, plant operations with carbon-free energy on an hourly basis. The PPA will also contribute to the company’s commitment to power its Adventure Network and Waypoints charging with 100% renewable energy.

Andrew Peterman, Rivian Director of Renewable Energy, said: About a third of global greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation, with nearly another third from electricity generation. We have a tremendous opportunity at Rivian to help tackle emissions beyond the tailpipe to support the decarbonization of manufacturing and charging of electric vehicles. Long-term success for us means helping to accelerate the transition to carbon-free energy across the entire economy, not just within Rivian’s own footprint.

Mark Goodwin, President, and CEO of Apex, said: With Goose Creek Wind, Rivian is modeling an innovative approach to clean energy procurement—one that emphasizes maximum benefit to the local community, economy, and environment. Apex continues to expand opportunities for corporations committed to strengthening local project areas, reducing carbon impact, and restoring natural habitat—all priorities for Rivian as it continues to build out its vision for the future.

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