Instead of adding
green food coloring to its tasty brew, Brooklyn
Brewery is greening its selection of ales year-round
by using 100% wind power at its brewery in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The company pays a premium rate, to utility Con
Edison to ensure that the 285 MWh it takes off the
grid every year is replaced by power produced at
Community Energy's wind farm in Madison
County, N.Y. Brooklyn Brewery's power rates are 10-13% higher
than other customers but the 2003 blackout that plagued the
Northeast convinced company founder Steve
Hindy to make the brewery's headquarters the city's
first completely wind-powered building.
Community Energy estimates that the brewery stops 335,000
pounds of carbon dioxide, 1,500 pounds of sulfur dioxide and
500 pounds of nitrogen oxide from being emitted into the air
when it uses wind energy to churn out its 1,658,000 gallons of
brew. That's equivalent to the amount absorbed by 22,000
trees... Or several million four-leaf clovers.