Procter & Gamble Constellation and Community celebrate one of nation’s largest biomass renewable energy plants
The Procter & Gamble Company and Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation gathered with city, county and state officials today to celebrate the development of an up to 50-megawatt biomass plant that will help run one of P&G’s largest U.S. manufacturing facilities. Scheduled to begin commercial operation in June 2017, the plant will provide 100 percent of the steam, and up to 60-70 percent of the total energy used to manufacture Bounty paper towels and Charmin toilet tissue at P&G’s Albany, Ga., facility.
Constellation will build, own and operate the $200 million cogeneration plant, which in addition to supplying steam to the P&G facility, will generate electricity for the local utility, Georgia Power.
Representatives from P&G, Constellation and Georgia Power thanked the community for its support of the project, which they described as a win for the community, shoppers who choose Bounty and Charmin products, and each of the partners. Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, and members of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission commended P&G – a local business for more than 40-years – and Constellation for providing renewable energy and jobs to the community. Construction activities are expected to create up to 500 new jobs over the next two years, with an additional 50 to 70 permanent local jobs for ongoing operations once the plant is built. The biomass plant will significantly increase P&G’s use of renewable energy, helping get the company nearly halfway to its 2020 goal of obtaining 30 percent of its total energy from renewable sources. Currently, eight percent of P&G energy comes from renewable sources around the world powered by wind, solar and geothermal. Constellation is currently under contract to sell 42 MW of capacity and energy from the 50 MW facility to Georgia Power, which purchases the energy at or below Georgia Power’s avoided cost. The project also included collaboration with the Albany-Dougherty Payroll Development Authority and ongoing support from the Georgia Public Service Commission. DCO Energy will hold a minority stake in the project and provide engineering, procurement and construction services for the project. Constellation’s affiliate, Exelon Generation, will operate and maintain the plant. Sterling Energy Assets worked with Constellation to develop the project.
Tours of the facility showcased the existing 30-year old P&G boiler, which provides 30 percent of the total energy at the plant and saves on average $3 million a year compared to natural gas costs. The new plant will more than double the current total energy output and will be fueled from biomass that would otherwise have been left to decay, burned, or potentially sent to landfill. P&G worked with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to create sustainable fuel supply “procurement standards,” which complement P&G’s responsible wood fiber procurement policy for its tissue, towel and absorbent hygiene business, as well as Constellation’s commitment to energy options for customers that benefit the environment.
Mary Lynn Ferguson-McHugh, Group President, Global Family Care:
“At P&G, we are committed to improving the environmental sustainability of our products across all aspects of their life cycle – from manufacturing, packaging, delivery and consumer use. As this project enables us to operate one of our largest global plants with a renewable energy source, it will reduce the environmental footprint of two leading brands, Bounty and Charmin. We see this as a win for our business, consumers, partners and the environment.”
Gary Fromer, Senior Vice President, Distributed Energy, Constellation:
“Constellation is uniquely positioned to help support Procter & Gamble’s renewable energy goals because of our leadership in both retail energy supply and distributed generation. Increasingly, our customers are looking for comprehensive energy options that enhance operational efficiencies and sustainability. Constellation can deliver innovative, clean energy solutions that drive value for our customers.”
Suzanne Apple, SVP, Private Sector Engagement at World Wildlife Fund:
“We applaud P&G’s efforts to support renewable energy as part of its commitment to sustainability and for prioritizing responsible sourcing of inputs as an essential element of the project. WWF and P&G have been working together for over four years on sustainable business practices, including the company’s emissions reductions and renewable energy.”
Norrie McKenzie, Vice President of Renewable Development for Georgia Power:
“We’re committed to working with our customers, including leading Georgia businesses such as Procter & Gamble, to create new avenues for renewable energy innovation. The Albany project is a perfect illustration of this continued effort.”
Dorothy Hubbard, Albany Mayor; Chair of the Albany-Dougherty Payroll Development Authority:
“We are proud to be part of a project that will help shape the sustainable use of biomass energy, and that has such an impact for Procter & Gamble and for Albany, who have a more than 40-year relationship. This project will strengthen Albany’s Procter & Gamble facility and create jobs and business opportunities for Albany and Southwest Georgia.”
In the picture: Mary Lynn Ferguson-McHugh, Group President, Global Family Care.