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June 16, 2004

Office Depot and Whole Foods Market Buy Green Power

Office Depot, a leading seller of office supplies, announced on June 10th that 12 of its California outlets are buying 12 million kilowatt hours per year of electricity from renewable energy, also called green power. Strategic Energy will produce the electricity from landfill gas. The agreement marks the first green power purchases for Office Depot. See the Office Depot press release.

Whole Foods Market is also expanding its green power purchases, as all 28 of its stores and facilities in the North Atlantic region are buying enough wind power to meet 10 percent of their electricity needs. Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) will supply an estimated 5.2 million kilowatt-hours of wind power each year to the Whole Foods facilities in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. The agreement follows a November 2003 announcement that 24 Whole Foods Market locations in the mid-Atlantic region would buy green power. According to CEI, the combined purchases rank among the top 10 non-governmental purchases of green power in the United States. See the CEI press release.