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REI Makes Local Green Power Purchases

March 2006 - Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), a national cooperative retailer of outdoor gear and apparel, announced that it will purchase 10 million kWh of green power, equivalent to 20% of the company's annual electricity usage. The purchase of wind, landfill gas and solar-generated electricity will provide 100% of the power for 17 of REI's 82 retail stores. REI has entered into renewable energy contracts with seven different utilities and marketers in nine locales, with some of the products being Green-e certified. In several cases, the purchases will reduce the company's exposure to fossil fuel surcharges. The purchases include the following stores and suppliers:

  • Brookfield, WI; We Energies; sources: wind, landfill gas and solar
  • Madison, WI; Alliant Energy/WP&L; sources: wind, landfill gas and solar
  • Eugene, OR; Eugene Water & Electric Board; source: wind
  • Denver, Englewood, Boulder, Grand Junction and Lakewood, CO; Xcel Energy; source: wind
  • Colorado Springs, CO; Community Energy Inc.; source: wind
  • Fort Collins, CO; Fort Collins Utilities; source: wind
  • Bloomington and Roseville, MN; Xcel Energy; source: wind
  • Dallas, Houston (two stores) and Plano, TX; Green Mountain Energy; source: wind
  • Pittsburgh, PA; Community Energy Inc.; source: wind

News Release - REI Steps Up to 20 Percent Green Power

REI Contact: Kevin Hagen, (253) 437-7312



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