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Energy Credits Fund New Wind Farm

By Paige Brady, September 15, 2009  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Paige Brady
windpower2 We are so excited to announce that we have just finalized the largest purchase of renewable energy credits (RECs) ever made by a U.S. retailer. Woo hoo! Whole Foods Market purchased 776 million-kilowatt-hours of RECs from wind farms, which equals 100% of our company's electricity use in all of our North American locations. And that's not all! Nearly 90% of this year's purchase is specifically helping fund E.ON Climate & Renewables' (EC&R) Texas-based Panther Creek wind farm. Our investment is going to help bring new power to the grid. Panther Creek began operating its first phase in 2008 and its final phase of construction was recently completed. Our purchase of RECs has provided valuable additional financing to the project. EC&R is developing a number of large scale wind projects in the U.S. over the coming years and extra funding from REC sales will play a crucial role in their growth. So, what does our 776 million-kilowatt-hours purchase mean to the environment? It will help avoid creating up to 868 million pounds of carbon dioxide pollution - which is comparable to taking more than 72,000 cars off of the roads for a year, or planting nearly 3.6 million mature trees. Not too shabby. windpower1 Of course, if you've been following along, you know this isn't our first or only green effort. We've been a proponent of offsetting since 2006 - that's when we became the first Fortune 500 Company to offset 100% of electricity use with RECs. Thanks goes to our partner, Boulder, Colo.-based Renewable Choice Energy, who has helped make this happen. Our continued purchase of RECs is part of our comprehensive energy commitment, which also includes plans to more than triple the number of stores with solar panels and to invest in energy-reduction opportunities while retrofitting existing stores with energy-efficient lighting, equipment and mechanical components. You can read more about our green efforts.
Category: Green Action




raquel says ...
09/15/2009 10:13:34 AM CDT
Ed says ...
Excellent effort! I shop at Whole Foods for the incredible bounty of fresh and wholesome foods, but this sort of thing makes me feel even better about it. Keep up the good work.
09/15/2009 10:46:22 AM CDT
molessn says ...
This is the kind of stuff that makes me LOVE to be not only a Whole Foods customer, but also a Whole Foods Team Member! Woo hoo!
09/15/2009 11:05:25 AM CDT
Mindy Carlson says ...
Way to go Whole Foods!!!
09/15/2009 12:36:51 PM CDT
Danielle Wuschke says ...
This is another reason why I love Whole Foods.. and will continue to loyally shop at your stores for all of my groceries. The company's commitment to organic and locally sourced foods for the sustainability of our planet and your commitment to green environmental efforts will help our collective future. Thanks for the commitment!
09/15/2009 3:19:56 PM CDT
mwhelan says ...
I couldn't be more proud to work for such a great company as I am hearing this. And this is only one of the many, many great things WFM does to better the world. Thank you SO much!
09/17/2009 1:11:04 PM CDT
Ed Gorski says ...
Think about LEED and what Hannaford in Augusta Maine has done to reduce energy in it's stores by 50% - why not WHOLE FOODS?
09/20/2009 1:47:02 PM CDT
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10/31/2009 11:53:44 PM CDT
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09/03/2011 4:48:37 PM CDT
Krissy says ...
Hello! I just learned about this renewable energy credit program and need more information about it in order to understand. I like how it sounds, but am a little skeptical of what it actually means. If the money for the credits is going toward improving/creating Wind Farms, how does that actually translate to helping to "avoid creating" CO2 right now? . It sounds like these credits will positively benefit our future-world, but I find it misleading to say that all Whole Foods Markets are “powered 100% by wind-energy offsets.” Customers are left to believe that the stores are actually powered by Wind. Yes, I understand that bringing "more power to the grid" that comes from Wind Power will be beneficial in the long run, but it seems rather euphemistic to say that purchasing these energy credits is like taking over 72,000 cars off the roads for a year or planting millions of trees. This implies an IMMEDIATE, visible change due to the credits when in fact the changes will be (HOPEFULLY) happening in the future (but who can guarantee that??). Thank you for your time and for the information I’m hoping you will provide.
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