Brown-Forman Corporation Ranks in U.S. EPA’s National Top 100 List of Green Power Users
Louisville, KY, November 6, 2020 – Today, Brown-Forman Corporation announced its placement, for the first time, on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) “National Top 100 List” of the largest green power users from the Green Power Partnership (GPP). Brown-Forman is using 130 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which represents more than 98 percent of its U.S. operations’ total power needs. Brown-Forman partnered with ENGIE North America for the purchase of 30 MW from the East Fork Wind project located in Colby, Kansas, pursuant to a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA).
This achievement comes as a result of Brown-Forman’s long-term focus and investment in renewable energy. The East Fork Wind power project, which became operational in April 2020, provides a renewable energy source that enables Brown-Forman to fully achieve its target of reducing absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by 2023, from a 2012 baseline.
“Brown-Forman is proud to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for our green power use,” said Alex Alvarez, chief production and sustainability officer.
“Our investment in wind power adds renewable energy capacity to the U.S. grid and demonstrates our commitment to a sustainable future. We believe that innovative investments, such as renewable electricity, are smart business and we encourage others to join in contributing to a lower-carbon economy.”
By moving the needle in the voluntary green power market, Brown-Forman and other Green Power Partners are helping to reduce the negative health impacts of air emissions including those related to ozone, fine particles, acid rain, and regional haze.
“This list of the largest users of green power across the nation is proof that good business practices can also benefit the environment,” said James Critchfield, program manager of EPA’s Green Power Partnership. “EPA applauds the leading organizations in the Green Power Partnership’s “National Top 100 List” rankings for their notable commitment to expanding their use of green power and protecting our environment.”
According to the U.S. EPA, Brown-Forman’s green power use of 130 million kWh is equivalent to the annual electricity use of nearly 12,000 average American homes.
Commitment to environmental sustainability is not new for Brown-Forman. The company’s work includes addressing the reality and threat of climate change and ensuring the protection of its vital watersheds. The greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and water stewardship goals Brown-Forman has set to achieve by 2023 are ambitious. They include further progress toward conversion to clean energy sources and reduced water use across operations.
About Brown-Forman Corporation
For 150 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including the Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee RTDs, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Finlandia, Korbel, el Jimador, Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, Coopers’ Craft, Herradura, New Mix, Sonoma-Cutrer, Chambord, BenRiach, GlenDronach, Slane, and Fords Gin. Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by approximately 4,800 employees and sold in more than 170 countries worldwide. For more information about the company, please visit https://www.brown-forman.com/.
About ENGIE North America
ENGIE North America Inc. offers a range of capabilities in the United States and Canada to help customers decarbonize, decentralize and digitalize their operations. These include comprehensive services to help customers run their facilities more efficiently and optimize energy and other resource use and expense; clean power generation; energy storage; and retail energy supply that includes renewable, demand response, and on-bill financing options. Nearly 100% of the company’s power generation portfolio is low carbon or renewable. Globally, ENGIE S.A. relies on their key businesses (gas, renewable energy, services) to offer competitive solutions to customers. With 170,000 employees, customers, partners and stakeholders, we are a community of Imaginative Builders, committed every day to more harmonious progress.
For more information on ENGIE North America, please visit our LinkedIn page or Twitter feed, www.engie-na.com and www.engie.com.
About EPA’s Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that helps increase green power use among U.S. organizations to advance the American market for green power and development of those sources as a way to reduce air pollution and other environmental impacts associated with electricity use. In 2019, the Partnership had more than 1,400 Partners voluntarily using more than 61 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500® companies; small and medium sized businesses; local, state, and federal governments; and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit www.epa.gov/greenpower.