STORE SPACES

Whole Foods in innovative energy storage program

BY Marianne Wilson

Whole Foods Market has joined an energy program in California that shifts the grocer’s large refrigeration-based energy loads to off-peak hours. It also comes with an added benefit.

Whole Foods Market is participating in California’s Demand Response Auction Mechanism (DRAM) market, which offers financial incentives for buildings that reduce power consumption. Three Whole Foods locations in the northern part of the state will utilize energy storage to actively reduce power consumption and benefit from the financial incentives. The stores will earn the incentives during peak hours when demand for energy is high and the grid is stressed.

Whole Foods’ participation is possible through its use of Axion Exergy’s refrigeration battery platform, which enables real-time control of a grocery store’s power consumption using an advanced cloud platform, predictive analytics, and a thermal energy storage retrofit. It actively manages the store’s power consumption by intelligently modulating its refrigeration systems.

“We are pleased to expand our use of innovative platforms like Axiom Exergy’s to unlock new value streams and increase sustainability in our stores,” said Tristam Coffin, director of sustainability and facilities at Whole Foods Market. “After a previous successful installation, we are happy to continue partnering with Axiom to implement more cutting-edge power management strategies.”

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