Constellation and Enel Green Power to supply Starbucks in Illinois with 100% renewable energy
Exelon subsidiary Constellation, a leading US supplier of power, natural gas and energy products and services for homes and businesses announced today it has signed a long-term agreement with food & beverage giant Starbucks. The deal, which will come into effect by the end of the year, will see 100% renewable energy produced by Enel Green Power North America power 340 company-operated Starbucks locations in the Illinois area.
According to a Marketwatch report, the deal “will enable Starbucks to support the generation of approximately 48,000 megawatt-hours of wind power from EGP’s HillTopper wind project”.
The report continues, noting that the power supplied is “enough to brew nearly 100 million cups of coffee, or more than seven cups of coffee for every Illinois resident”, and “ will deliver an annual environmental benefit equivalent to removing nearly 8,000 passenger vehicles from the road.”
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Rebecca Zimmer, director of global environmental impact for Starbucks said in a statement: “It’s exciting to see Starbucks continue its commitment to play a role in the growth of renewable energy markets… 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.”
Enel Green Power’s HillTopper wind farm, which cost an estimated US$325mn is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2018 and have a capacity of 185 megawatts.
“Constellation is dedicated to providing clean energy solutions that help our customers meet their environmental goals,” Mark Huston, president of Constellation’s national retail business told Marketwatch. “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.”
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.