The Molson Coors Beverage Company is moving its Fort Worth brewery to wind-powered, 100% renewable electricity by the end of January, a move that gets it closer to meeting its 2025 sustainability goals – and ultimately its target of net-zero emissions by 2050.
To do so, company has signed a long-term agreement with EDF Energy Services to receive approximately 72,000 megawatts of power generated by the King Creek Wind Farm in north-central Texas, (plenty of wind there) which went online late last year.
Fort Worth becomes Molson Coors’ first brewery in North America to be powered by 100% renewable electricity. The company’s UK operations switched to 100% wind power in 2021.
“We work hard to make sure our brewery is efficient and a good steward of the environment,” Jim Crawford, the brewery’s general manager told Beer & Beyond. This project helps us achieve both. We’re seeing more and more wind-energy projects across Texas, and it’s exciting that our brewery is supplied by one of them.”
The deal with EDF Energy Services will ensure that the brewery will always have a reliable source of power – even when the wind isn’t blowing. The brewery’s power will be delivered via the local power grid with no change in service.
The move to renewable electricity is expected to substantially reduce the brewery’s net emissions, says Rachel Schneider, Molson Coors’ vice president of sustainability.
“Fort Worth is our fifth-largest brewery, and it represents about 6% of our total direct emissions. Getting Fort Worth to 100% market-based renewables for electricity will have a measurable impact for us as a company,” Schneider added.
The move will also help Molson Coors meet its 2025 sustainability goals. And the successful completion of the Fort Worth project opens the door for similar transitions at its other North American facilities.
We can get snarky about the big beer conglomerates here at American Craft Beer. So it’s only fair that we applaud companies like Molson Coors when they adopt sustainability strategies that could make for a better world!
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