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Proctor & Gamble manufacturing plant in Wyoming County, PA to provide 100% of its own energy needs

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Found in Marcellus Drilling News 10/11/2012

By February 2013, the Proctor & Gamble manufacturing plant in Wyoming County, PA will provide 100% of its own energy needs—thanks to the Marcellus Shale beneath plant property. Shale gas under P&G and surrounding properties in Wyoming County is reported to be some of the most prolific in the Marcellus Shale.

The plant, which produces Pampers and Luvs diapers and Charmin toilet tissue, now consumes 800 billion killowatt hours, or enough energy to run 40,000 homes. It currently produces 50 percent of those site electrical needs. Otherwise, for the last 45 years, it has easily been the largest electricity and natural gas customer for local utilities.

“But not after next February,” P&G spokesman Alex Fried said Wednesday afternoon. “This will be a first for any of Procter & Gamble’s 150 plants worldwide, and we’re pretty pleased it’s happening here in Wyoming County.”

About eight years ago, Procter & Gamble was looking at being the lead customer in an 88-windmill farm that would use the Mehoopany plant’s power grid to send out half the generation it did not harness inside the plant.

But BP Wind Energy ran into some cash-flow issues during the recession and at the same time, Citrus Energy was exploring for gas on P&G’s property. It discovered wells on P&G and surrounding properties were among the most prolific in the Marcellus Shale.*

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