Austin, TX, Jan. 11, 2006 — Whole Foods Market, a natural and organic foods supermarket, 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.
The purchase is the largest wind energy credit purchase in the history of the United States and Canada and makes Whole Foods Market the only Fortune 500 Company purchasing wind energy credits to offset 100% of its electricity use.
As of December 9, 2005, Whole Foods Market is purchasing more than 458,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of renewable energy credits from wind farms. This purchase is estimated to avoid more than 700 million pounds of carbon dioxide pollution this year.
“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.”
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. Renewable Choice Energy is a national provider of clean and renewable sources of energy.
To help evaluate options and facilitate the purchasing process, Whole Foods Market involved the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit environmental think tank World Resources Institute (WRI). Since 2000, WRI has been working with a number of Fortune 500 companies to increase their use of renewable energy.