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BMW Taps Wind to Guard Profits in Merkel’s Nuclear Switch: Cars

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG will harness winds whipping across eastern Germany to secure power -- and defend profits -- as costs rise due to Germany’s 550 billion-euro ($740 billion) shift away from nuclear energy.

Four wind turbine towers will soon supply almost a quarter of the power used at BMW’s Leipzig plant, where the carmaker builds the X1 sport-utility vehicle and soon the i3, its first electric car.