Safeway Looks to Mother Nature to Power Gas Stations and Stores
By George Anderson
Safeway announced it will buy electricity generated by wind power to provide for the energy needs of its 270 gas stations around the country, 15 stores in the San Francisco area
and the company’s corporate campuses in Pleasanton and Walnut Creek, Ca.
The company is purchasing 78 million kilowatt hours through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of its Green Power Partnership program. Companies involved in the
program agree to use renewable energy such as wind and solar in place of fossil fuels.
In a released statement, Laree Renda, executive vice president for the grocery chain said, “Protecting the environment and conserving our nation’s valuable energy resources is
something that Safeway and our customers care deeply about. By powering our fuel stations, stores and corporate offices with wind energy, we are taking a leadership role in using
cleaner sources of electricity.”
“The EPA applauds Safeway’s fuel stations for being among the largest commercial purchasers of green power in the United States,” said Blaine Collison, program director of the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership. “Safeway is leading by example and setting a standard for environmental partnership.”
Safeway becomes the largest buyer of renewable energy in California with this deal, according to the company’s press release.
Moderator’s Comment: What do you see as the benefits or drawbacks to Safeway’s deal to purchase renewable energy through the EPA’s Green Power Partnership
program? Do you expect other retailers to follow suit? –
George Anderson – Moderator