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Constellation, Enel deal Connects Starbucks to Wind Power in Illinois

Constellation, the competitive energy unit of Exelon Corp., will team with Enel Green Power to provide renewable energy for more than 340 Starbucks stores in Illinois.

Enel Green Power North America will produce the power at its 185-MW Hilltopper wind project in Logan County, Illinois. Enel Green Power began work on the Hilltopper farm earlier this year, after parent Enel Group acquired it from developer Swift Current Energy.

Constellation is purchasing a 14-MW portion of the HillTopper power for transmission into the grid. The power off-sets the Starbucks stores’ anticipated energy use.

“It’s exciting to see Starbucks continue its commitment to play a role in the growth of renewable energy markets,” said Rebecca Zimmer, director of global environmental impact for Starbucks. “We are identifying and investing in new green power projects that are close to our retail communities and give our store partners a story they can be proud of.”

The agreement utilizes Constellation’s Offsite Renewables (CORe) program, which connects commercial and industrial customers with a specific clean energy site. Renewable Energy Credits from the local generation facility can be procured as a part of the retail supply contract, and the arrangement also contributes to the development of the wind farm.

“Constellation is dedicated to providing clean energy solutions that help our customers meet their environmental goals,” said Mark Huston, president of Constellation’s national retail business. “Starbucks is among the nation’s top purchasers of renewable electricity and it is fitting that they chose Constellation to sustainably power hundreds of their Illinois locations.”

Enel also has signed Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with other customers such as Bloomberg LP and General Motors for the renewable energy power created at Hilltopper.

Renewable energy PPAs by non-utility business customers in the U.S. this year have surpassed 3.5 GW in capacity, breaking the record set in 2015, according to the Business Renewables Center program of the Rocky Mountain Institute.

(Rod Walton is content manager for Power Engineering and POWER-GEN International happening December 4-6 in Orlando. He can be reached at 918-831-9177 and [email protected])


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