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Wal-Mart To Buy 226 M kWh Wind Energy To Help Power 350+ Stores

wind_turbines2.jpgWal-Mart has signed a four-year agreement with Duke Energy to supply up to 15 percent of the retailer’s total energy load for about 360 Texas Wal-Mart stores and other facilities using wind energy.

Under the deal, Duke Energy will provide about 226 million kilowatt-hours of renewable power each year from a wind farm that’s currently under construction in Notrees, Texas. The wind farm is expected to begin producing electricity for Wal-Mart by April 2009.

Wal-Mart says the renewable energy purchase will help it to avoid producing more than 139,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually, equivalent to taking about 25,000 cars off the road per year.

The company told Washington Post that the purchase would make it 15th on the EPA’s list of green power purchasers. Wal-Mart currently does not rank on that list or a list of the top 20 retailers.

Duke Energy recently caved to criticism and cut its $100 million distributed solar rooftop program in half after the company was criticized by companies such as Wal-Mart as being “unfair.”

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One thought on “Wal-Mart To Buy 226 M kWh Wind Energy To Help Power 350+ Stores

  1. Go Wally World, this is great!We need to get on about the business of becoming energy independent and using alternative sources of fuel. The high cost of gas this past year seriously damaged our economy and society. While we are doing the happy dance around the lower prices at the pumps OPEC is planning further production cuts to drive prices back up. We have the knowledge, we have the technology, what America lacks is a plan. Jeff Wilson has a new book out that is beyond awesome. The Manhattan Project of 2009 Energy Independence NOW. He walks you through every aspect of oil, what it is used for besides gas, our depletion of it. The worlds increased need ie 3rd world countries becoming more modernized and consuming more. He explains EVERY alternative energy source and what role they can play to replace oil. His research is backed up with hard data and even includes a time frame and proposed legislative agendas to wean America off oil. This book is just what America needs.

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