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Honda to use wind power at Ohio plant

Wind turbines will supply 10 percent of the power need for Honda\'s transmission plant in Ohio.

Honda is turning to wind turbines to partially power its transmission plant in Russells Point, Ohio. Honda says the Russells Point will become the first major automotive manufacturing facility in the United States to rely on wind power for a substantial portion of its energy needs.

Through a partnership with Juhl Wind, Inc., Honda will install two utility scale wind turbines at its transmission plant in Russells Point, Ohio. The turbines, which stand at 260 feet tall, will each generate about 10,000-megawatt hours per year, or about 10 percent of the plant's annual energy needs. Due to the height of the turbines, Honda required special permission from the Washington Township Board of Zoning Appeals to install the units.

"We appreciate the support we have received from the township and our neighbors that will help Honda reduce CO2 emissions," said Gary Hand, vice president of Honda Transmission. "This is just one of many ways that Honda is seeking to reduce our environmental footprint."

The wind turbines, which will be up and running by the end of the year, are part of Honda's goal to reduce factory CO2 emission by 30 percent by 2020 compared to 2000 levels.

Honda's announcement follows similar green initiatives by Ford and General Motors. However, both Ford and GM decided on solar rather than wind to partially power their plants.

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