Environmental Protection & Preservation
Constellation NewEnergy and HMSHost Corporation Sign Renewable Energy Agreement
Constellation Energy today announced that its subsidiary, Constellation NewEnergy, has entered into a purchase agreement for renewable energy with HMSHost Corporation, a world leader in travel dining and shopping. HMSHost Corporation develops and operates customized travel plazas along the Eastern Seaboard.
As part of the agreement, Constellation NewEnergy will secure approximately six million kilowatt hours of Green-e certified Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to match 50 percent of the electricity used at the company's three travel plazas located along Interstate 95 in Delaware and Maryland. A combined 13.5 million customers visit the Chesapeake, Maryland and Delaware House plazas annually. The RECs will directly support the operation of clean, renewable wind generation; helping avoid the carbon emissions produced from the combustion of fossil fuels.
"Greening our travel plazas is a natural fit with our core commitments to customer comfort and safety," said Michael Jones, senior vice president, HMSHost. "Working with Constellation NewEnergy to match half of our electricity use at these locations complements our existing efforts to integrate green construction standards and energy efficient management systems into our building designs and operations."
Including the Delaware and Maryland locations, HMSHost
operates more than 100 travel plazas on fourteen of the most heavily traveled motorways in the United States and Canada. The company is committed to creating customized world-class facilities that are an inviting experience for motorists who take a break from driving to enjoy a meal or linger in a retail shop.
"We are pleased to support HMSHost's sustainable environmental practices," said Carrie Cullen Hitt, vice president for Renewable Products for Constellation NewEnergy
. "HMSHost's environmental leadership in their travel plaza operations is indicative of a corporate-wide commitment to enhance their customer's travel experience. It sets a powerful example for both the retail and travel industries."
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