WGI Teams Up with NextEra Energy Resources to be Powered by Renewable Energy
The Glen Continues to "Go Green" with the Purchase of Renewable Energy Credits
By: WGI Staff on 8/8/2009
Officials at Watkins Glen International announced the continuation of their green efforts with the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to offset 100% of their annual electricity usage. WGI has agreed to purchase 1,000 Wind Energy RECs annually from NextEra Energy Resources. The two-year agreement will ensure The Glen uses [100%] renewable power, reducing emissions and its’ carbon footprint by using wind power.
In addition to offsetting The Glen’s annual electricity use, the purchase will support the development and advancement of wind and solar energy in the United States. NextEra Energy Resources commits to invest an amount equal to 100% of the proceeds from The Glen’s REC purchase in new wind and solar energy projects across the country.
“We have been recycling oil, tires, and consumable product packaging etc. at the track for many years,” stated Michael Printup, president of Watkins Glen International. “We have expanded our “Go Green” initiatives over the past two seasons to be able to make a difference. The partnership with NextEra Energy is our next step with the track’s global greening efforts.”
NextEra Energy Resources, LLC is a competitive wholesale power generator. The company is the largest generator of wind and solar power in North America and the leading producer of hydroelectric power it the Northeastern United States. Based out of Juno Beach, Fla., NextEra Energy Resources owns nearly 90 facilities operating in 25 different states and Canada.
In addition to the partnership with NextEra Energy, Watkins Glen International is also an active partner with Swathout Recycling of Beaver Dams, NY. The agreement provides fans camping at Watkins Glen International an option to participate in a curbside recycling program. Fans simply place all of their recyclables curbside in a special bag provided by WGI each night, and crews come around to collect the bags.
Alternatively, fans may choose to turn-in sorted recycling bags to the redemption centers themselves and receive great WGI gear. For every six recycling bags they submit, fans will be entered into the VIP experience contest drawing. The program, which started with the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, will also run during the Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen, Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, and Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey’s Fancy New York’s Artisan Cheese event weekends.
Weekend tickets for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, and Zippo 200 begin at just $55 and are on sale now. For more information, please contact the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE or log on to the official Watkins Glen International website at www.TheGlen.com. Tickets, gift certificates and track merchandise can be all purchased at The Shop located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen-Open Monday-Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-4, Closed Sunday; 607-535-2338.