Can A Store Really Run On 100% Renewable Energy?
The short answer is yes. But the way it actually works is a little more interesting.
Let’s start with the concept of sustainability. What does it mean to you? Although the word is used so often in so many different places, it’s much more than a buzzword. In the broadest sense, sustainability is about conserving resources so that the way we do things today allows us to continue doing them in the future. It’s about leaving a world for our children and grandchildren that’s at least as healthy and thriving as the one we live in now. It means minimizing our footprint by finding innovative ways to do more with less. And it means finding alternatives to fossil fuels.
With the Circle K Conserve Reduced Emissions program, every time you buy gas at the pump, you contribute to local environmental programs. In addition to partnering with organizations on things like tree-plantings and neighborhood cleanups, our Conserve program also includes fuel carbon offsets.
But one of the sustainability initiatives we’re most proud of is that with Conserve, our stores are powered by 100% renewable energy! Investment in Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) completely offsets the energy usage of each store in the Conserve program.
Renewable energy sources include:
- Solar (harvested energy from the sun)
- Wind (energy created by harnessing the power of wind)
- Hydro (energy created by the flow of water)
- Geothermal (power generated by the heat of the earth)
- Biomass (power created by burning recently living organic matter)
Our RECs come from places like Peetz Table Wind Farm in northeastern Colorado. The Peetz Table is a plateau that provides access to some of the best wind resources on the High Plains. It supplies zero-emissions energy to the North American power grid without the carbon emissions produced by fossil-fuel-based electricity.
Another REC project is hydropower created by the Cabinet Gorge Dam on the Clark Fork River in Idaho. Hydropower (or hydroelectricity) is entirely renewable because the water cycle is constantly regenerated by the sun.
Now more than ever, it’s up to all of us to do our part to protect the planet. We understand the importance of our commitment to reduce energy consumption, conserve water, and manage waste responsibly and we take it seriously. Let’s keep working together and leave the planet better than we found it.