The Kraft Group Taps Constellation NewEnergy to Secure Wind Power for Gillette Stadium
Constellation Energy today announced
that its subsidiary, Constellation NewEnergy, is now the 'Green Power
Behind the Patriots.' Constellation NewEnergy, which has an existing
power agreement to serve Gillette Stadium, will secure Renewable Energy
Credits (RECs) to match the stadium's electricity usage with wind power
before, during and after all Patriots pre-season, regular and
post-season home games.
"The New England Patriots organization is committed to reducing our
collective carbon footprint," said Jonathan Kraft, President of the New
England Patriots and The Kraft Group
. "Building upon our already
successful relationship with Constellation NewEnergy, we are asking them
to help us meet our goal of matching each game with renewable energy."
Gillette Stadium's environmental practices have been a model for
large-scale construction projects since ground was broken in 2000. In
2001, the Kraft family, which privately financed the $325 million
stadium, received the Environmental Award for Corporate Leadership from
the Environment Business Council of New England in recognition of the
innovative environmental practices in the stadium's design. In 2002,
the year Gillette Stadium opened, the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency presented the Kraft Group with New England's Environmental Merit
Award for their achievement. As part of an existing five-year agreement
with the New England Patriots that commenced in 2003, and was recently
extended, Constellation NewEnergy will now secure wind power for the
balance of the agreement.
"We have been incredibly proud to serve the New England Patriots since
2003, and now we are pleased to support their sustainable environmental
practices by securing clean, renewable energy sources to match the
electricity usage for home games throughout the season," said Michael
Kagan, president, Constellation NewEnergy
. "Given the national
prominence of the Patriots, this significant action sets a terrific
example for other companies and businesses preparing to introduce
renewable energy into their portfolio as part of an overall strategy to
address climate change."
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