Uponor and Xcel Energy Sign Renewable Energy Agreement

Uponor North America and Xcel Energy has announced a renewable energy agreement to use solar and wind power to reach nearly 100 percent renewable energy sourcing in Uponor Minnesota facilities.

“As we celebrate our 30 anniversary year in Apple Valley, we are thankful to be growing and hiring, and very proud to be a Minnesota manufacturing business committed to strong renewable energy standards,” says Bill Gray, president, Uponor North America. “Through this Xcel Energy partnership — as well as strong partnerships for solar and wind power through our partners Dakota Electric Association and Hutchinson Utilities — we know we can achieve our Uponor renewable energy goal of using 100 percent renewable energy by 2025.”

“Xcel Energy is leading the clean energy transition and delivering more of the carbon-free electricity our customers want, while also providing the reliable energy our customers need to power their businesses,” says Chris Clark, president, Xcel Energy-Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota. “This partnership demonstrates Uponor’s leadership in manufacturing and sustainability, and we’re proud to be a part of that story.”

This Xcel Energy and Uponor partnership is a purchase agreement for renewable energy from its programs Windsource and Renewable*Connect, and using Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to verify the amount of renewable energy used by Uponor. In addition, Uponor will take into account the Certified Renewable Percentage, which is a demonstration of the percentage of renewable energy that all Xcel Energy customers use.

Uponor is committed to conserving water, reducing waste, improving energy efficiency and empowering labor. Uponor is a manufacturer of PEX piping and provider of plumbing, fire safety, radiant heating/cooling, hydronic piping, and pre-insulated piping systems.

The Uponor sustainability commitment began 30 years ago, and it still drives the Uponor team to find innovative ways to achieve our renewable energy and water conservation goals. Uponor’s dedication to sustainability has enabled us to achieve:

  • Oct. 2020 — Uponor North America is honored during national manufacturing month as the 2020 Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal Sustainability Minnesota Manufacturer honoree.
  • Oct. 2020 — Uponor and Xcel Energy create a unique partnership to source 100 percent of Apple Valley, Minn., manufacturing needs from renewable energy. The company secured a combination of Xcel Energy’s Windsource and Renewable*Connect along with the Certified Renewable Percentage energy to ensure its annual energy use is matched by renewable energy secured on its behalf.
  • Sept. 2020 — Uponor North America became the first company to participate in Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) and Hutchinson Utilities’ Bright Energy Choices (BEC) green energy program in Hutchinson, Minn. Uponor North America purchased Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to offset the portion of its power supply that comes from fossil fuels. Its Hutchinson manufacturing site is now run 100 percent by renewable sources of energy.
  • Jan. 1, 2020 — Uponor participates in the Dakota Electric Association’s Wellspring Renewable Energy program. Wellspring Renewable Energy subscribers pay a slight premium to purchase wind energy sold in 100 kilowatt-hour blocks. Uponor North America will annually purchase more than two million kilowatt-hours of wind-generated electricity.
  • By enrolling in these programs, Uponor will benefit by having Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) retired on its behalf to offset the portion of the company’s energy usage that includes carbon emissions.
  • Forty percent of Uponor’s square footage is LEED certified, embracing low-and zero-waste Lean practices.
  • Uponor achieved and sustained ISO 14001 certification.
  • Uponor pledged with Operation Clean Sweep to keep plastic resin out of our drains and waterways and to remain focused on water conservation.

For more information, read Uponor’s sustainability page.

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