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Walmart powers up Red Bluff wind turbine

BY Staff Writer

Red Bluff, Calif. — Walmart’s wind turbine at its distribution center in Red Bluff, Calif., is now operational. The wind turbine is Walmart’s first onsite industrial-sized wind turbine and will generate approximately 2,200,000 kilowatt-hours of power, providing up to 20% of the distribution center’s annual electricity use. U.S. House Representative Wally Herger joined local officials, as well as Walmart and Foundation Windpower executives, to commemorate the pilot project.

The GE SLE 1.0 Megawatt Wind Turbine is comparable in height to a typical 20-story building, with a tower measuring 265 ft. tall and a blade spanning 250 ft. in diameter. Under the terms of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Foundation Windpower the project will contribute to energy expense savings as well as provide price certainty for the electricity produced. Foundation Windpower installs, owns, and operates the wind turbine while Walmart purchases the power produced at a fixed rate. Red Bluff was selected for the installation because it provides an ideal environment for an installation of this scale, with good wind conditions and available land already owned by Walmart.

"The Red Bluff pilot project is a shining example of how Walmart has made the serious commitment to finding renewable energy solutions for its operations as we work towards the goal of being supplied by 100% renewable energy," said Kim Saylors-Laster, VP energy at Walmart. "With the Red Bluff wind turbine now fully operational, we look forward to continuing to explore renewable energy alternatives to support our operations and reduce our utility costs throughout the country and around the world."

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Sears Canada launches shoppable iPad app for Wish Book

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Toronto — Sears Canada said Tuesday it has debuted a permanent shoppable iPad application for its Wish Book catalog after a temporary launch for the 2011 holiday shopping season.

The app will contain various content throughout any given year, the first of which appears Tuesday in the form of the 60th anniversary Wish Book.

"As Sears celebrates 60 years of wishes this holiday season we are thrilled to offer our customers another exciting way to shop for all their holiday gifts through our new iPad Catalog app, which launches with the 2012 Wish Book," said Calvin McDonald, president and CEO, Sears Canada.

The app features a smart, responsive pinch and zoom function, as well as a simple, intuitive navigation and browsing experience, new for 2012. An additional incentive for customers is access to exclusive notifications of new catalogs, promotions and specials.

The iPad Sears Catalog app is available for download via the Apple iTunes App Store or Sears.ca/app.

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Apple retail head steps down after 6 months

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York — In a surprise announcement on Tuesday, Apple Inc. said its retail senior VP John Browett abruptly left the company on Monday. Another senior-ranking staffer iOS software senior VP Scott Forstall, will exit next year.

No explanation was given for the executives’ departure, but news reports have suggested that recent missteps made by each could have led to the exits. Browett, who took over the store operations after Ron Johnson left to become CEO at J.C. Penney Co. in November, slashed employees’ hours at Apple’s retail stores, a move that Apple quickly reversed. Forstall and his team launched a software update in September that replaced Google Maps with Apple’s first mapping application. Unfavorable response led to another Apple apology.

Apple said it is seeking a replacement for Browett. Forstall will act as an advisor to CEO Tim Cook until he leaves, Apple said. His responsibilities will be divided among other Apple veterans.

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