Whole Foods Market®
Makes Largest Ever Purchase of Wind Energy Credits in U.S.
By Kristen Bergevin
Whole Foods Market has made a landmark purchase of renewable energy credits from wind farms to offset 100% of the electricity used in all of its stores, facilities, bake houses, distribution centers, regional offices and national headquarters in the United States and Canada. In California alone, Whole Foods Market is purchasing more than 78,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of renewable energy credits, which will avoid more than 126 million pounds of carbon dioxide pollution, equivalent to removing more than 11,000 cars from California’s roadways.
This is the largest wind energy credit purchase in the history of the United States and makes Whole Foods Market the only Fortune 500 Company purchasing wind energy credits to offset 100% of its electricity use.
“Whole Foods Market is a leader in the natural and organic foods movement, and that involves caring about our communities and respecting our environment. This purchase of wind energy credits is a natural extension of that leadership and integral to our core values,” said Michael Besancon, Whole Foods Market Southern Pacific regional president. “Offsetting 100% of our electricity use with renewable, clean energy strengthens our commitment to be a leader in environmental stewardship by helping to clean the air and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.”
“Whole Foods Market has made the largest ever corporate purchase of renewable energy credits in the nation,” said Kurt Johnson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Green Power Partnership director. “Conventional electricity generation is the largest industrial source of air pollution in the United States and wind power is a clean and renewable alternative. Whole Foods Market’s commitment to wind power is providing an outstanding example of environmental leadership.”
Renewable energy credits make nationwide wind power transactions possible since it would be physically impossible to deliver electrons from a wind farm directly to all of Whole Foods Market’s stores, facilities, and businesses. When a wind farm produces electricity, renewable energy credits are issued to track the exact amount of power created.
Whole Foods Market has chosen Boulder, Colorado-based Renewable Choice Energy as its exclusive supplier of renewable energy credits after an extensive search process. Renewable Choice Energy is a leading national provider building the market for clean and renewable sources of energy. “Renewable Choice Energy is thrilled to have been chosen to make this record-setting renewable energy credit purchase possible,” said Quayle Hodek, Renewable Choice Energy chief executive officer. “Whole Foods Market’s commitment is an inspiration to everyone looking for a leader to demonstrate wind power is ready for the mainstream.”
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