Enel Green Power has signed a Power Purchase Agreement with Constellation, an Exelon company, stating Enel Green Power will sell the energy generated by a 14 MW portion of the 185 MW HillTopper wind project in Logan, Illinois, to Constellation. That energy will enter the local electricity grid and will be sold by Constellation, through a separate retail agreement, to Starbucks to power more than 340 company-operated Illinois stores - including the future Chicago Roastery. Through these agreements, the energy will be produced and sold all within the same electricity market.
HillTopper Wind Farm (YouTube)
“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.
The agreements will enable Starbucks to support the generation of approximately 48,000 MWh of wind power from EGP’s HillTopper wind project, enough to brew nearly 100 million cups of coffee, or more than seven cups of coffee for every Illinois resident. It will deliver an annual environmental benefit equivalent to removing nearly 8,000 passenger vehicles from the road.
“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.
The agreement leverages the Constellation Offsite Renewables (CORe) offering, which increases access to renewable energy for commercial and industrial customers, enabling Starbucks to contribute to the development of HillTopper in Illinois, where the stores are located.
“The agreement with Constellation is an example of an innovative approach we are taking to meet the needs of these commercial and industrial customers to enable them to achieve their sustainability targets in a cost-effective way,” said Georgios Papadimitriou, head of Enel Green Power North America.