Loblaw Installs First Wind Turbine to Support Store Energy Consumption



    
    Atlantic Superstore in Porters Lake, Nova Scotia, to gain energy
    efficiencies through the use of wind technology
    

    BRAMPTON, ON, May 14 /CNW/ - Continuing to build on its position as one
of the leaders in energy management and efficiency, Loblaw Companies Limited
(Loblaw) is pleased to announce the installation of a wind turbine at its
Atlantic Superstore in Porters Lake, Nova Scotia. Once fully operational, the
wind turbine, supplied by Scotian WindFields Inc., will provide approximately
25 per cent of the Superstore's power.
    "We are actively working to identify renewable energy opportunities to
reduce the emissions associated with electricity consumption at our various
locations," said Mark Schembri, Vice President, Store Maintenance, Loblaw
Companies Limited. "This project is just another example of Loblaw's
commitment to adopting better environmental practices and how we are taking
responsibility for the energy consumption that is required to support our
retail business."
    The Porters Lake Wind Turbine Project is part of a Loblaw pilot program
to help reduce carbon emissions and pursue distributed energy projects.
Working with Scotian WindFields Inc., Loblaw tested the wind patterns at the
Porters Lake Atlantic Superstore for one year to confirm the winds in the area
would support a wind turbine. The turbine is expected to generate 250,000
kilowatt hours of energy per year. The Superstore will remain connected to the
utility power grid with the wind turbine supplementing the energy needs of the
Superstore.
    "In Nova Scotia we have a great renewable energy source in our wind,"
said Barry Zwicker, Chief Executive Officer, Scotian WindFields Inc. "Projects
like the Atlantic Superstore in Porters Lake really show the scale of wind
technology. Whether projects are big or small, wind generated energy can play
a large role in reducing our dependency on non-renewable energy sources."
    Loblaw is committed to sourcing innovative solutions in energy management
and renewable energy. In 2008, Loblaw opened its environmental flagship Loblaw
Superstore in Scarborough, Ontario. The store boasts a number of
environmentally friendly approaches to retail, including alternative and
innovative refrigeration design techniques. For example, in the winter the
entire retail area is heated using reclaimed heat from the refrigeration
system. Loblaw also recently announced a partnership with Organic Resource
Management Inc (ORMI) that will see food waste from certain Loblaw stores in
Ontario converted into renewable energy through a farm based Biogas facility.
    "We are pleased to see environmental commitment, like the Porters Lake
Wind Turbine Project taking place in the Atlantic region," said Andrew
MacIsaac, Executive Vice President, Atlantic Region, Loblaw Companies Limited.
"These types of projects will go a long way to ensuring better energy
management throughout our business."

    About Scotian WindFields

    Scotian WindFields Inc is a Nova Scotian corporation that is dedicated to
ensuring Nova Scotians take ownership of the province's abundant renewable
energy resources and carbon assets. In association with eight Nova Scotian
community-owned WindFields Community Economic Development Corporations,
Scotian WindFields Inc is dedicated to providing scalable renewable energy and
carbon management solutions that meet the needs of all energy consumers from
utility installations to small scale systems.

    About Loblaw Companies Limited

    Loblaw Companies Limited, a subsidiary of George Weston Limited, is
Canada's largest food distributor and a leading provider of drugstore, general
merchandise and financial products and services. Loblaw is one of the largest
private sector employers in Canada. With more than 1,000 corporate and
franchised stores from coast to coast, Loblaw and its franchisees employ over
139,000 full-time and part-time employees. Through its portfolio of store
formats, Loblaw is committed to providing Canadians with a wide, growing and
successful range of products and services to meet the everyday household
demands of Canadian consumers. Loblaw is known for the quality, innovation and
value of its food offering. It offers Canada's strongest control (private)
label program, including the unique President's Choice(R) no name(R) and Joe
Fresh Style(R) brands. In addition, the Company makes available to consumers
President's Choice financial services and offers the PC points loyalty
program.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Karen Gumbs, Senior Manager, Corporate Affairs,
Loblaw Companies Limited, karen.gumbs@loblaw.ca, (905) 459-2500 ext. 6041; Dan
Roscoe, Chief Operating Officer, Scotian WindFields Inc,
droscoe@scotianwindfields.ca, (902) 489-6787, www.scotianwindfields.ca


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