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Starbucks will use 100% renewable energy thanks to Enel Green Power and Constellation



The agreement between Enel Green Power and Constellation will utilize wind power from the HillTopper Wind Farm in Logan County, Illinois to power 340 Starbucks-operated stores.


As the partner of choice for corporate companies, Enel Green Power (EGP) is continuously evolving its power purchase agreement offerings to include more innovative approaches to meet customers personalized energy needs. Our latest agreement with Constellation, an Exelon company and leading provider of retail energy products and services, is an example of how more commercial customers are looking for options to purchase renewable electricity directly from their local energy grid, the same way they do with other energy sources.


Under the terms of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), Enel Green Power will sell the energy generated by a 14 MW portion of the 185 MW HillTopper wind project 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.


“An increasing number of commercial and industrial customers are choosing renewables as a competitive and clean way to meet their energy needs and they look for customised solutions addressing their specific energy profile.”

– Georgios Papadimitriou, Head of Enel Green Power North America.


The agreements reinforce Starbucks’ commitment to greening their operations through energy and water conservation measures and advancing renewable energy sources through their purchasing practices. It will also enable Starbucks to support the generation of around 48,000 megawatt-hours of wind power from EGP’s HillTopper wind project, enough to brew nearly 100 million cups of coffee, and deliver an annual environmental benefit equivalent to removing nearly 8,000 U.S. passenger vehicles from the road.


“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.”

– Rebecca Zimmer, director of global environmental impact for Starbucks


In addition, 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 their stores are located. 


Source: EGP