White Wave, a leading manufacturer of soy milk and other soy-based foods, announced that it has contracted to purchase wind energy certificates equivalent to 100% of the electricity used in its manufacturing operations. The company will purchase a total of 20 million kilowatt-hours of "green tags" this year from two renewable energy suppliers — Renewable Choice Energy and Bonneville Environmental Foundation. The White Wave commitment represents the largest single U.S. purchase of wind energy to supply a company's entire electricity needs.
The wind energy will be supplied from wind farms in several different states, including Iowa, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming. The company estimates that the wind energy purchase will increase its expenses by several hundred thousand dollars per year. White Wave is also encouraging consumers to purchase wind energy by providing links off of their corporate Web site.
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