Blackhawks "Green Game" promotes wind energy

Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 11:15 AM | NHL Green

On Monday, fans of the Chicago Blackhawks cheered as the team skated passed the Nashville Predators in a gritty 3-2 shootout win during the Blackhawks’ annual environmentally-friendly “Go-Green” game.

Constellation, the official energy provider for United Center and sponsor of the team’s green games, purchased Green-e Energy Certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) to match the electricity use on game day. RECs represent the environmental benefit of electricity generated by wind and therefore avoid emissions associated with fossil fueled generation.

The RECs for the Blackhawks game are expected to avoid 63 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, roughly the equivalent of burning 146 barrels of oil.

Constellation also invited fans to continue their support for the environment by submitting their own ‘Go Green’ tips via the Blackhawks Facebook page for chances to win tickets.

The Chicago Bulls (NBA) will also be provided renewable energy for their home game later this week.

“Like most winning organizations, the Bulls and Blackhawks and United Center have a comprehensive energy management strategy that incorporates efficiency and sustainability objectives,” said Bruce Stewart, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Constellation. “The second key to victory is a fierce competitive spirit. Illinois’ electricity supply market enjoys vibrant, robust competition and that means businesses and residential customers can save by shopping for power supply.”

The green games also provide an opportunity for fans to learn more about the growing trend to shop and save on home electricity, just as consumers shop for internet or phone service.

Residential customers in the Chicago area can choose to receive 100 percent wind energy by visiting home.constellation.com.

For more information regarding Green-e Energy certification go to www.green-e.org.

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