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Stop & Shop Commits to 100% Renewable Energy at New Kennebunk Store

Posted on 7/12/2007 by in renewable energy certificates

Sterling Planet selected to proide clean energy to match all electricity use at Maine store

Stop & Shop Commits to 100% Renewable Energy at New Kennebunk Store
Sterling Planet selected to proide clean energy to match all electricity use at Maine store
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company and Sterling Planet today announced Stop & Shop purchased Sterling Planet’s Green-e Energy certified renewable energy to match 100 percent of its electricity use at its new store that opened on June 15 in Kennebunk, Maine.

Sterling Planet will annually supply 2,700,000 kilowatt hours of renewable energy for the Maine store. With this purchase, Stop & Shop will avoid nearly 4,000,000 pounds of carbon dioxide pollution in the next year.

“By choosing clean, renewable energy, Stop & Shop is demonstrating that it’s possible to consume this energy while supporting clean energy technologies and domestic electricity, offsetting fossil fuel demand, and being a good corporate citizen," said Paul Grenier, manager of energy budgeting and procurement.

Stop & Shop’s purchase is in the form of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), also known as green certificates, green tags, or tradable renewable certificates. RECs represent the environmental attributes of the power produced from wind, solar and other renewable energy projects and are sold separately from commodity electricity. Customers can buy RECs whether or not they have access to green power through their local utility or a competitive electricity marketer. And they can purchase green certificates without having to switch electricity suppliers.

“Our Kennebunk store was designed to be energy efficient,” said Steve Krupski, senior vice president for construction at Stop & Shop. “We’re committed to investments which permit us to be community minded and help to control our bottom line in today’s world of high energy costs,” Krupski concluded.

“Sterling Planet is pleased to join with Stop & Shop to provide renewable energy that creates social, economic and environmental benefits,” said Kelly Bennett, Director of Business Development at Sterling Planet. “We applaud Stop & Shop for its thoughtful commitment to sustainability and recognition of the all-around value that clean energy represents.”

About Stop & Shop: The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company, based in Quincy, Massachusetts, employs more than 59,000 associates and operates 387 stores throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York and New Jersey and Maine. For more on Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com.

About Sterling Planet: Sterling Planet is a sustainability pioneer, introducing the first nationwide retail renewable energy choice in 2001 and White Tags™ energy efficiency certificates in 2006. Today, Sterling Planet offers the first comprehensive carbon neutrality solution: White Tags™, certified renewable energy and verified carbon offsets. Sales have avoided more than 20 billion pounds of carbon emissions.
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