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Private companies build turbines to generate their own energy ...: Private companies build turbines to generate

Private companies build turbines to generate their own energy ...: Private companies build turbines to generate

In spring 2013, electricity generated by four Nordex 2.5MW turbines will come online to power car manufacturer BMW's Leipzig plant in Germany, where its first all-electric car is made. According to the firm, corporate social responsibility is starting to play a larger role in encouraging companies to invest in wind-power generation. Jochen Mueller, BMW spokesman for the Leipzig plant says: "It is not enough to just offer an environmentally sound electric car. The whole process down the chain should be sustainable." Working with developers At Leipzig, BMW does not own the turbines. Instead, it has entered into an "intelligent co-operation" with wind-power developer WPD. The developer runs the turbines and BMW has a long-term contract to use the electricity. When there is no wind, the electricity for the plant must come from traditional sources, and when there is an excess i...

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