June 2010 - Cascades Tissue Group has nearly doubled its previous annual green power purchase commitment and is now purchasing 20 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of wind energy, which is equivalent to 100 percent of the electricity used for the production of its North River line of commercial towel and tissue products. The renewable energy certificates (RECs) will be sourced from the MidAmerican Energy's Charles City Wind Farm located in northern Iowa and supplied by Community Energy, Inc.
News Release - Cascades Tissue Group Doubles Commitment To Wind
June 2010 - After three years being one of the largest corporate purchasers of renewable energy, PepsiCo did not renew its 3-year contract for 1.2 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually from Sterling Planet. Citing technology advancements and changes in incentives, PepsiCo decided to drop its primary renewable energy certificate (REC) purchase and will instead invest over $30 million dollars toward new renewable energy projects in the U.S. over the next three years. PepsiCo currently generates 159 million kWh of renewable energy annually. The company may continue to purchase a limited number RECs, for example, for LEED certification purposes.
News Article - PepsiCo Drops RECs in Favor of $30M in On-site Generation
Additional Information - 2009 PepsiCo Annual Environmental Sustainability
July 2008 - Cascades Tissue Group, the fourth largest producer of tissue paper in North America, announced the purchase of 11 million kWh of Green-e certified renewable energy certificates (RECs). The wind energy purchase offsets 100% of the energy required to manufacture the company's North River brand commercial towel and tissue products, the first such products to be manufactured with 100% renewable energy. Community Energy, Inc. will supply the RECs to Cascades.
The North River line of products is made from 100% recycled fiber with a majority of post-consumer material, using a chlorine free process. Cascades Tissue Group complies with the requirements of the Sustainable Manufacturing and Marketing Initiative guidelines, including a reduction in energy use for its manufacturing facilities.
News Release - Cascades Tissue Group Improves Sustainable Performance By 18%
News Article - Cascade Turns to Wind Energy for Commercial Towel and Tissue Brand North River