Wed Nov 27, 2019
Author: RV News Staff
North America’s largest steel producer will soon open the first U.S. steel production plant to run on wind energy. Nucor Corp., which is building a $250 million "micro" mill in Sedalia, Mo., is working with Kansas City-based Evergy Inc. to supply the plant with wind energy.
The Nucor plant, expected to open by year end, will be powered by a 75-megawatt power purchase agreement with Evergy. The plant will employ more than 250 people once operational.
Evergy will bring a new wind farm online to power the plant’s high-efficiency electric arc furnaces, which will melt recycled scrap metal and turn it into steel to be used in construction projects throughout the Midwest.
In testimony before the Missouri Public Service Commission, Nucor said "access to a fixed, long-term, and competitive electric rate" was "critical" to the success of its new Sedalia mill. A big part of that was the Evergy wind-power agreement. Also significant was a new Missouri law, known as the “steel mill bill,” which lets utilities apply for 10 years of discounted electric rates for steel and aluminum producers or other large businesses buying more than 50 megawatts.
The wind farm supplying the plant is expected to offset 100 percent of the plant’s electric supply. The mill can still draw on the fossil-fuel-powered power grid when it can’t get enough wind energy to run the facility.