Whole Foods Market Commits to Wind Power

The Mid-Atlantic region of Whole Foods Market is replacing 10 percent of its electricity with wind energy. All of the Mid-Atlantic Whole Foods Market locations will receive a portion of their electricity from new wind power facilities that will produce 6 million kWh per year. The initiative was implemented through a unanimous vote by all of the Mid-Atlantic region’s Store Team Leaders.

Rockville, Maryland – December 3, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Community Energy, a marketer of wind-generated electricity, will supply the wind-generated electricity. “We have wanted to implement a renewable energy resource for our stores for some time,” said Muriel Ortiz, Whole Foods Market Tenley Store Team Leader. “By employing wind power, we are benefiting the environment and teaching our customers about a resource that is readily available for their homes.” The wind energy will be generated from the Mountaineer Wind Energy Center, a wind farm located in West Virginia, which utilizes 44 1.5-megawatt wind turbines to produce approximately 176 million kWh per year, which the company states is enough to power over 25,000 Mid-Atlantic homes with one hundred percent clean energy. “Whole Foods Market believes in educating its customers on the benefits of a variety of environmentally safe products from food to body care products,” said Ortiz. “Now we have yet another opportunity for our customers to join our team through wind energy purchases and work together for the good of the environment.” According to Whole Foods Market, the project will offset annually over 6 million pounds of carbon dioxide, in addition to over 43 thousand pounds of sulfur dioxide. “Whole Foods Market is directly leading the way to a cleaner and more secure energy future,” said Community Energy President Brent Alderfer. “With wind-generated electricity, there is no fuel, no smoke, no combustion and the more customers that follow the Whole Foods Market lead, the more wind farms will come on-line.” Whole Foods Market plans to make available in-store materials explaining the process of wind energy and highlighting its benefits. In addition, Whole Foods Market will extend the opportunity for its customers to join the initiative and register to receive wind energy in their homes. Whole Foods Market will begin in-store customer registration for wind energy in January.
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