Proctor & Gamble’s plant in Mehoopany Township, Wyoming County, Pa., will begin operating off the grid in 2013, using natural gas from wells beneath the factory to power the plant and fuel its fleet of 22 natural-gas vehicles. In 2009 the company allowed Citrus Energy to drill a well on its 1,400-acre property, discovering a bounty of Marcellus Shale gas, according to StateImpact – an NPR collaborative publication. Citrus Energy now has six wells on the property that not only help power the facility but that also produce excess gas, which flows into pipelines along the East Coast.
One natural-gas-powered turbine is helping to power the plant, and the facility will become energy self-sufficient by February 2013 when a second turbine comes online.
The pipeline-quality methane gas is projected to supply natural gas to P&G for decades. The off-grid factory will help P&G reach sustainability goals for 2020 that include increasing its renewable energy sources by 25 percent and sending zero waste to landfills.