April 7, 2021 • Alyssa Sobotka, Digital Content Specialist
WORTHINGTON, Minn. – Bedford Industries is marking its first Earth Month being powered by 100% net-zero carbon power supply.
A recent decision by its energy supplier, Worthington Public Utilities, gives Bedford the ability to manufacture its packaging solutions from carbon-free and renewable energy sources, like wind, solar and water. As one of the utilities’ largest customers, Bedford products are used globally by bakery, produce, coffee, and medical industries.
“To meet Bedford’s product demands, production occurs 24 hours a day, seven days per week,” said Bedford President Jay Milbrandt. “Being certain that the energy powering our production lines is a 100% net-zero carbon power supply aligns with Bedford’s mission to a more sustainable future. We know our customers will also appreciate this commitment from WPU.”
Bedford has long prioritized saving energy when possible. In 2019, it was recognized for energy-saving efforts made during its most recent facility expansion. The energy-efficient technology Bedford installed was estimated to result in electric savings to power 21 homes a year.
The recent action by WPU features 81% carbon-free power as well as 31% renewable power, featuring hydro, wind and solar. To ensure power reliability, the WPU’s power supply does include a mixture of fossil fuels. However, any use of fossil fuels is offset through the utility’s purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates, which are proof that electricity was generated from carbon-free, renewable facilities. WPU’s Water & Light Commission took the official action in early March, but the participation was retroactive to January.