Walmart CEO Duke responds to Obama Renewable Energy address
Bentonville, Ark. – Mike Duke, president and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, released the following statement in response to President Obama’s renewable energy address on Tuesday:
"We applaud the President and his administration for their commitment to renewable energy and conservation. Investing in renewable energy and energy conservation are good for business, good for communities and good for the environment. When we use less energy, that’s less energy we have to buy, and that means less waste and more savings for our customers. Over the last few years we’ve made meaningful progress toward our goal to be supplied by 100% renewable energy. Walmart now has over 300 renewable energy projects in operation or under development around the world, and the Environmental Protection Agency has named us the No. 1 user of onsite renewable energy. As we continue on our journey we will continue to leverage our scale in purchasing energy so we can drive down technology costs and make renewable power more affordable for everyone.”
Walmart announces 10 new solar installations in Maryland
Bentonville, Ark. – Wal-Mart Stores announced Tuesday it has completed solar projects at eight Walmart stores and two Sam’s Clubs across the state of Maryland that will generate clean, renewable electricity.
In partnership with SolarCity, the retailer has installed over 3.1 megawatts of generation capacity at the eight store locations. The energy produced by the new solar installations will generate approximately 4.1 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity annually — enough energy to power nearly 370 homes — and are expected to supply between 5% to 20% of each store’s overall electricity use.
This new series of solar-power systems in Maryland bring the total number of Walmart and Sam’s Club locations with SolarCity installations to almost 150 across multiple states, with additional locations in the works. Last year, SolarCity installed Walmart’s largest solar-power system at its distribution center in Buckeye, Ariz.
"Solar power makes sense for Walmart, and it makes sense for Maryland," said David Ozment, Walmart’s senior director of energy. "We are committed to increasing the use of renewable energy, including solar panels, at our stores in Maryland and throughout the country."
Los Angeles City Council bans plastic bags; rule to take effect in 2014
New York — Los Angeles is on the fast track to becoming the largest city in the nation to move toward a ban on “single-use” plastic bags after the City Council passed a resolution barring their use in supermarkets, convenience stores and any big retailer, which would include Target and Walmart, that sells groceries.
The Los Angeles City Council voted 11-1 to adopt the ban, giving preliminary approval to the ordinance that will then return to the council for a second vote next week before going on to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is expected to sign it.
The ordinance also sets a 10-cent price on paper bags to encourage customers to bring their own re-usable bags. The new rule will be phased in over the next year, reaching large stores on Jan. 1, 2014, and smaller ones on July 1, 2014. Retailers that fail to comply with the law would face a fine of $100 for the first violation, $200 after the second and $500 after the third, with fines imposed for each day the violation continues.
According to a city report, some 2.3 billion single-use plastic carryout bags and 400 million single-use paper bags are used annually in Los Angeles. The city estimates only 5% of the plastic bags and 21% of the paper bags are recycled.