January 23, 2006

Organic food retailer purchases wind energy credits to offset 100% of its energy use

AUSTIN, TX-Whole Foods Market has purchased more than 458,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of renewable energy credits from wind farms, enough to offset 100% of the electricity used in all of its stores, facilities, bake houses and distribution centres, as well as its regional offices and national headquarters throughout North America. The landmark purchase is the largest of its kind to date in Canada and the U.S. and will avoid more than 700 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. This is equivalent to taking more than 60,000 cars off the road or planting more than 90,000 acres of trees, says the Austin, Texas-based natural and organic foods supermarket company. The initiative has also made Whole Foods Market the only Fortune 500 company to offset its entire electricity use by purchasing wind energy credits. When a wind farm produces electricity, renewable energy credits are issued to track the exact amount of power created. These credits make wind power transactions possible since it would be physically impossible to deliver electricity from a wind farm directly to all the company's stores, facilities, and businesses. Whole Foods Market has chosen Renewable Choice Energy, in Boulder, Colorado as its exclusive supplier of renewable energy credits. The grocer is a leading retailer of natural and organic foods, with more than 175 stores in the U.S, the U.K. and Canada, including one in Vancouver and two in Toronto. More information is available on-line at www.wholefoodsmarket.com.

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