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AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Market here has been awarded the Green Power Partner of the Year award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The award recognizes Whole Foods' efforts to develop new renewable energy capacity nationwide.
This is the fourth consecutive year Whole Foods has been recognized with a Green Power Leadership Award by EPA, after being recognized initially in 2004 for the company's growing commitment to green power purchasing.
In 2007, Whole Foods is being recognized for increasing its green power purchasing to include more than 509 million kilowatt-hours of wind-based renewable energy credits. Whole Foods said is enough renewable energy to offset 100 percent of the electricity used in all of its stores, facilities, bake houses, distribution centers, regional offices, and global headquarters in the U.S. and Canada.
Moving forward, Whole Foods said it expects to "add substantially" to its ability to stimulate demand for renewable power generation throughout the U.S. and Canada, as it opens new stores and adds nearly 70 stores acquired via its merger with Wild Oats Markets.