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Leading Steelmaker Nucor Increases Its Use of Renewable Energy

By Howard Smith - Updated Mar 25, 2021 at 12:41PM

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A Texas wind project is designed to withstand severe events similar to the recent freeze that crippled the state's energy system.

Steelmaker Nucor (NUE 3.43%) isn't just a supplier to the renewable energy sector; it's becoming a bigger customer, too. Yesterday, the leading steel and steel products company announced a 10-year virtual power purchase agreement with Orsted Onshore North America, a subsidiary of Denmark-based Orsted (DNNG.Y -0.13%). The agreement is Nucor's second in Texas, and will add 100 megawatts (MW) of wind power from Orsted's Western Trail wind farm (WTW) in North Texas. 

The steel company's first renewable power agreement in Texas was for 250 MW of new solar energy. Nucor, North America's largest recycler, also noted in a statement that the WTW project "incorporates Nucor steel and steel products and is designed to continue generating power even during particularly severe weather, such as that recently experienced in Texas."

wind tower in open field of Texas

Image source: Ørsted.

Nucor has been expanding its business as a supplier to the growing renewable energy sector through its plate, sheet, and structural steel products. But it also has ramped up its use of renewables to power its operations, looking to lower its carbon footprint. CEO Leon Topalian issued a statement saying, "Supporting the growth of renewable power generation is not only fundamental to who we are as a company, it also allows us to continue to lead the way forward for the global steel industry." 

The company also has a 10-year contract with Evergy (EVRG 0.06%), its energy provider in part of the Midwest, for a 55 MW allocation from a new wind farm being built in Clark County, Kansas. Nucor's new rebar micro-mill in nearby Sedalia, Missouri, will receive the contracted power. 

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