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General Motors to use wind power in manufacturing plants

General Motors Co. will soon start using wind instead of fuel to power its manufacturing facilities, the Detroit Free Press reported Oct. 9, citing General Motors Renewable Energy Global Manager Rob Threlkeld.

The automaker has teamed up with Michigan-based renewable power firm CMS Enterprises Co. to provide electricity from the wind farms that CMS owns, the report said.

According to the newspaper, the move targets wind farms in Ohio, Illinois and Texas. The northwest Ohio wind farm, which will support the company's Lordstown, Ohio operations, reportedly began operations on Oct. 1.

Meanwhile, the Texas wind farm will start running on Oct. 9, while the one in Illinois will begin in December, the report said.

The Detroit-based car manufacturer is aiming to use 100% renewable energy to power its facilities by 2050, the Detroit Free Press added. General Motors reportedly said it will be at 20% of that goal by the end of the year.