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Whole Foods Increases Wind Energy Purchases

June 2004 - Whole Foods Market, a natural and organic foods supermarket chain, announced that it is purchasing wind energy certificates for 10% of the electricity used at its 28 stores and facilities in the North Atlantic Region, covering Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. Under an agreement with Community Energy Inc., the company will purchase 5.2 million kWh of wind energy annually generated from new wind energy projects located in the Eastern United States. Combined with an earlier wind energy purchase for its Mid-Atlantic stores, Whole Foods is now buying a total of 11.2 million kWh of wind energy annually for 54 stores in the East.

Later this year, the two companies plan to launch an in-store educational campaign to inform Whole Foods customers about the benefits of wind energy and how to purchase wind energy for their homes.

News Release - Whole Foods Market Strengthens Environmental Stewardship With Introduction of Wind Energy at 24 Stores

News Article - A powerful statement from green grocer: Whole Foods Markets will use the wind to generate some of the electricity for its stores in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic (Registration Required)

Whole Foods Market Contact: Mara Fleishman (617) 492-5500
Community Energy Contact: Jeff Keeler (203) 245-0757

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