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Sustainable Steps for Conserving Energy

Kum & Go goes large with LEED certification, while smaller operators are opting for lighting upgrades. What can your store do to grow sustainability? By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Regardless of a convenience store chain’s size, opportunities exist for improving the bottom line through energy efficiency, both by reducing operations costs and by attracting environmentally-focused

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Sheetz Upgrades Lighting

Sheetz goes LED, cuts energy costs in half.   More than 130 Sheetz locations now feature state-of-the-art LED lighting by Cree Inc. The installation of energy-efficient Cree interior and exterior lighting at Sheetz retail gasoline locations is delivering a 45% reduction in energy costs for interior lighting and 50-55% reduction in exterior lighting compared to

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Kum & Go To Invest $90 Million In Eco-Friendly Stores

Some 20-25 new stores planned for the Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak area within five years. Kum & Go is celebrating its grand opening in Colorado Springs and has plans to invest $90 million in building a total of 20-25 new stores in the Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak region of the Centennial State within

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Scotsman Joins Women For Water Campaign

Scotsman support helps organization establish water and sanitation programs globally. Scotsman Ice Systems plans to donate a percentage of each healthcare unit sold to the Global Water Challenge’s newly-launched Women for Water campaign. The campaign is a global grassroots initiative that is dedicated to launching women-led water ventures, each of which is estimated to provide

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The Economics of Energy Efficiency

Convenience stores and many other retail segments have been able to slash operating costs with LED lighting and other equipment upgrades. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Convenience store chains big and small are finding ways to save money while improving the store experience for customers with energy efficient technologies. When Wawa Inc. was searching for

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Propel Fuels Participates In CO2 Reduction Effort

“The early success of Propel’s CarbonOffset program is strong evidence that consumers are ready and willing to support clean energy, especially if the cost and benefits are clear,” says Eric Carlson, president of Carbonfund.org. Propel Fuels, a leading retailer of renewable fuels, is now the first company to let consumers offset their driving emissions at

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CITGO Helps U.S. Families Conserve Energy

Close to 50,000 families in U.S. cities will save energy this summer through CITGO’s lighting program. CITGO Petroleum Corp. launched the third-edition of its CITGO-Venezuela Energy Efficient Lighting Program, which will provide 500,000 energy-efficient compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFL) to households in 17 U.S. cities. The program launched in 2008 as a pilot program, and has

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LED Enlightenment Aids Efficiency Options

With so many choices now available, retailers must make sure they select wisely when upgrading canopy and interior lighting. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Lighting technology is undergoing a rapid expansion, with more energy-efficient options appearing in the marketplace. Many retailers seeking cost savings on their electric and maintenance bills are flocking to their utility

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Kum & Go Prepares For Colorado Springs Debut

In the next five years Kum & Go aims to construct 20-25 c-stores in Colorado Springs, eight of which are expected to open in 2012. Kum & Go is set to debut its first Colorado Springs convenience store on June 1 at Academy Boulevard and Vickers Drive on the city’s northeast side. Based in West

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Jiffy Mart Completes Remodel in Finksburg

New décor, energy efficient lighting and upgraded restrooms greet customers at the newly revamped Finksburg, Md. Jiffy Mart. As part of the Gateway Improvement Program, and commitment to improve customers shopping experience, Jiffy Mart has remodeled its Finksburg, Md. location. The revamped interior offers a brighter store design with new décor, new ceiling, energy efficient

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Kwik Trip Headquarters Gets Alternative Fuels Station

The station is set to open in May and will serve Kwik Trip’s LNG- and CNG-powered vehicles, private fleets, and vehicles using multiple or other alternative fuels. A Kwik Trip Inc. Alternative Fuels Station, featuring Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), has been constructed at Kwik Trip’s corporate headquarters in La Crosse,

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Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. Reopens Hyde Park Store

Newly rebuilt store offers increased energy efficiency and more space for fresh and prepared foods. The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. LLC is set to reopen its doors at 7 a.m., March 30 to its Hyde Park, Mass., store located at 1025 Truman Parkway. The newly constructed, energy-efficient store boasts approximately 40,000 square feet, double

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Scotsman Named Energy Star Partner of the Year

Scotsman Ice Systems earns award for protecting the environment through manufacturing energy-efficient products. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Scotsman Ice Systems as a 2012 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year–Product Manufacturer for its contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by manufacturing energy-efficient products and helping to educate consumers about those products. Scotsman’s

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Hoshizaki America Recognized With 2012 Energy Star Award

Hoshizaki America Inc. earns award for protecting the environment through energy efficiency.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Hoshizaki America Inc. as a 2012 ENERGY STAR Award for Excellence in ENERGY STAR Promotion winner for its outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by sponsoring significant consumer education efforts promoting energy-efficient products. Hoshizaki

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Retailers Urged to Lighten Up

While LED lighting has helped many businesses reduce their carbon footprint, each retailer must decide if the endeavor is a worthy long-term investment. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. During holiday season 2011, the 74-foot Norway spruce in New York City’s Rockefeller Center was covered in 30,000 multicolored light-emitting diodes (LED). Those glowing decorations were an

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Free Money For Energy Efficiency

By Ali Farsai Savvy owners realize that on their utility bill, they are paying for energy efficiency in the form of utility taxes and fees.   If you are paying to subsidize a program, you should also take advantage of its benefits before they run out of funding. Funding on all energy efficiency programs are

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Chevron Station Goes Green

Cree LED lighting upgrade to deliver an estimated 70% energy savings. Beaverton, Ore.-based Highland Chevron gas station and ExtraMile food market recently underwent extensive eco-renovations, including the installation of energy-efficient interior and exterior LED lighting by Cree Inc. The addition of Cree LED fixtures supports Highland Chevron’s mission of becoming a zero-energy establishment. Rebuilt from

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Go Green, Save Green

How one retail chain saved $20,000 annually by turning to energy efficiency. By Ali Farsai, Contributing Editor Our family has been in the gas station and convenience store business for over 25 years and the past few years, as we are all painfully aware, business has been down. We have had to think “outside the

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California Low Carbon Standards Unconstitutional

Court rules that standard excessively restricts interstate commerce. Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California has issued a temporary injunction blocking the California low carbon fuels standard. This is welcome news to the California Independent Oil Marketers Association (CIOMA) who have described the standard as unjustifiable, costly

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Congress Turns Off Spotlight On Lighting Efficiency Standards

As the House and Senate strive to reach a spending deal before a pending government shutdown, the fate of incandescent light bulbs hangs in the balance. Just a few years after Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi celebrated a new law that would ban the incandescent light bulb, both democrats and republicans have decided

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Shell Announces Smarter Driving Sweepstakes Winner

The Shell Smarter Driving program helps motorists make the most of their fuel purchases with tips and contests that promote efficiency. From making small changes to their daily driving routine to ensuring proper vehicle maintenance before setting out on that next road trip, motorists from around the county jumped at the opportunity to share how

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Demand Expands Use of Clean Diesel Power

As President Obama outlines construction and infrastructure projects ahead, the Diesel Technology Forum explains how clean diesel power can help. The expansion of new construction programs for U.S. schools, roads, bridges and buildings in the “American Jobs Act” outlined by President Obama in his speech on Sept. 8, will require the efficient power provided by

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Kroger’s Smith’s Food and Drug Centers Debut Solar Panels

Each store’s solar system will generate over 160,000 kilowatt-hours of clean electricity annually and provide significant savings in energy costs.   The Kroger Co. has tapped Affordable Solar to install two solar systems on the roofs of Smith’s Food and Drug Centers Inc., a division of Kroger.  These projects are part Kroger’s solar pilot program

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Kum & Go Announces Major Expansion Into Arkansas

Three new stores are set to be built this fall and 20-25 new Arkansas locations are anticipated over the next five years. Kum & Go has announced aggressive expansion plans into Arkansas, where the chain plans to invest $70-80 million in the next five years and aims to create approximately 150 new jobs by the

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Adopting “Green” Practices

MotoMart, Sunoco and Rutter’s Farm Stores are among the top convenience store chains making energy efficiency a priority. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. With operating costs rising at an alarming rate, convenience stores are getting serious about energy efficiency. From LEDs that help brighten stores and reduce maintenance costs, to energy management systems and skylights,

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