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Wal-Mart Storms Energy World

By Charles Kennedy | Thu, 23 August 2012 19:18 | 5

Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer now boasting two million associates and 150 million shoppers, is storming the scene with its own energy policy that has some analysts considering whether the government could learn something from the mega store.

Wal-Mart has an estimated 200 energy projects already in operation, with the last major project—a 20-story wind turbine in California—officially launched earlier this month. The massive wind turbine provides energy to the store’s distribution center. 

Among Wal-Mart’s other energy projects are a 90-megawatt wind far in Texas that provides energy to over 300 stores, some 100 solar installations in California, nearly 350 stores in Mexico powered by wind … and the list goes on.

The end goal? The company seeks to become completely powered by renewable energy, and is well on its way to fulfilling that goal.

Wal-Mart is currently leading, ahead of Apple and Ikea, in US solar installations, and expects to have as much as 90 megawatts of capacity by the end of this year.

According to Reuters, Wal-Mart has also pushed its suppliers to adopt more environmentally-friendly policies such as smaller package sizes and reduced use of plastic.

By. Charles Kennedy of Oilprice.com

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  • Scott Brooks on August 25 2012 said:
    WalMart has some good ideas but wind is not one of them. Last time I went to the store I notice some of it's merchandise has gotten crappier, and less selection in the store.

    My alternatives, Target, Home Depot, Lowes, and Harbor Freight with some miscellaneous specialty stores. Then I do a lot of buying online as I can't find some items local or I have to travel too far to buy them.

    Wind and solar are just overhyped, euphemistic popularism by those who drink the green koolaide junk. There is little that is really green except going back to what your grandma or grandpa use to use.

    I did noticed that they have all gone to CFLs when LED lighting is outperforming both incandescence and florescence except when over 60w lumins is needed. But then people could have bought a basic dimmer switch to save on incandescence costs. Another government bright idea mandate gone bust.

    But technology has made the processing and usage of fossil and nuclear fuels cleaner, the government just needs to tone down it's over the top regulations to common sense levels and get out of the way with it's bureaucratic grand standing.
  • dusty dingo on August 25 2012 said:
    Mike Johnson on August 24 2012 said:
    [quote]Oh sure....reduce plastic use...while buying thousands of useless junk from China made entirely of plastic....The only thing Walmart doesn't use made of plastic is the thin venner of hipocricy.....[end quote]

    Mike,
    I take it that you disapprove of Walmart in toto, which proves your own hypocricy, in which you apparently advocate the use of "non plastic" merchandise, and by inference to Walmart's 'hypocricy' for it's attempts to reduce it's carbon footprint, you despise Walmart for that too. What American made product of similar function to what we import from China is made here without similar plastic components, I ask you?? Do we make it from steel, or aluminum, or what!? I think the US actually perfected the practice, and China does it cheaper.

    Your remark is typical of the 'progressives' mantra, to hate capitalism, and rich people, and corporations, all the while you are VORACIOUS consumers of all that you CRITICIZE, in SPADES. Your own "thin venner (sic) of hipocricy(sic)is instructive to all who are subjected to your continual venom, while there are actually those in the business world, and private, who PRACTICE what YOU preach, but fail SO MISERABLY at yourselves!! And you have the brainless temerity to criticize them who are DOING it, mostly because you despise their political viewpoints of self reliance and work ethic instead of your preferred government tit suckers (read TAXPAYERS/WORKERS work-product!).

    But then to say shame on you would be a waste of breath, for you truly do not understand the meaning of it. GO WALMART!! Keep improving your model, and do keep reducing reliance on petroleum when and where it works! Kudos. Show us how it is done, and (maybe) some of your critics will be muted, if not moot!
  • Stephen on August 24 2012 said:
    Well, from the comments I read elsewhere, it is the greenies who hate WalMart with a passion in the first place, so of course it would have no impact they are attempting to cut costs of energy use.
  • Miss Pelling on August 24 2012 said:
    Maybe the dictionaries and spelling tutors aren't plastic. Perhaps you should invest...
  • Mike Johnson on August 24 2012 said:
    Oh sure....reduce plastic use...while buying thousands of useless junk from China made entirely of plastic....The only thing Walmart doesn't use made of plastic is the thin venner of hipocricy.....

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