Nucor’s micro-mill in Missouri and a steel plant run by EVRAZ in Colorado are going to be the first U.S. steel plants to run on wind and solar energy. This is a good development as the steel industry leaves massive carbon footprint. The industry contributes around 6 to 7 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions globally.
The First US Steel Plant to Run on Wind Energy
According to Evergy, the micro-mill in Sedalia, Missouri will be the first steel plant to run on wind energy. The plant is a partnership between the steel company and local utility Evergy. It will power the plant after a 75-megawatt power purchase agreement by the two companies. The plant will open by the end of the year.
Chuck Caisley, the Senior Vice President at Evergy says the Midwest is in a prime location for more projects. This is especially due to the increasing importance of sustainability goals in companies.
Caisley stated, “I think that increasingly there will be sustainability requirements companies will want to meet. In Kansas and Midwest Missouri, we have great wind to meet current and prospective customers with price competitiveness and sustainability. It reduces our environmental footprint in the area and creates jobs.”
US’ First Solar-Powered Steel Plant
In late September, Xcel Energy and Lightsource BP reached an agreement to develop a 240 megawatts solar power facility in Pueblo Colorado. This will power the EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel facility and costs $250 million. In 2021, the EVRAZ plant will be the largest on-site solar plant in the US.
Recently, the US announced a goal last month to lessen global greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2030. Therefore, the Worldsteel Association launched the Step Up program to switch to a carbon-neutral steel economy.
The Senior Principal at the Rocky Mountain Institute, Thomas Koch Blank, believes there are a lot more that needs to be done. “If we can’t decarbonize steelmaking, you’re still going to have 5 percent of carbon emissions coming from steel.”
Ultimately, wind and solar energy surely shows steady and fast growth in the United States. Phillip Riley is bridging the gap between companies in the renewables sector and job seekers who are searching for great opportunities in this industry. To know more about the market growth in this area and how you or your company can incorporate a strategic and diversified hiring plan, please contact Phillip Riley’s Director of Americas, Meredith Fuselier at [email protected].