CHICAGO, April 5, 2012 - Fans of the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls who cheered the teams' first environmentally friendly "Go-Green" games on Sunday and Monday can make every day Earth Day by promoting energy efficiency.
Constellation Energy, the official energy provider for United Center and sponsor of the teams' first green games this past weekend, invites Bulls and Blackhawks fans to continue their support for the environment by joining Constellation's Earth Month Hero contest on Facebook. Fans are encouraged to upload images showing how they save energy.
"The Bulls and Blackhawks have demonstrated their commitment to better environmental performance and their fans everywhere can easily do the same," said Bruce Stewart, chief retail marketing officer for Constellation. The energy efficiency tips that Constellation shares with its Illinois residential customers include ways to enhance efficiency for lighting, appliances and air conditioning. Residential customers can choose Constellation as their home energy supplier at home.constellation.com and many can also choose to receive 100 percent wind energy.
Prior to the Bulls and Blackhawks games Sunday and Monday, the teams and Constellation jointly announced a five-year sponsorship designating Constellation as the official energy provider for United Center. The agreement also calls for Constellation to sponsor Go-Green games by purchasing Green-e Energy Certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) to match the electricity use on each game day. RECs represent the environmental benefit of electricity generated by wind and therefore avoid emissions associated with fossil fueled generation. For more information regarding Green-e Energy certification go to www.green-e.org.
The RECs for the Blackhawks game Sunday avoided 63 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, roughly the equivalent of burning 146 barrels of oil. The use of RECs for the Bulls game avoided 52 metric tons of CO2, approximately the amount of emissions from 2,100 propane-fired home barbeques.
Constellation, an energy supplier since 1999 to Illinois businesses, schools and hospitals, sponsored similar efforts last year for the Chicago Bears, Cubs and White Sox. In addition to powering the United Center, Constellation also supplies electricity to Wrigley Field and Halas Hall, the Bears' team offices and practice facilities.
These green games also provide an opportunity for fans to learn more about the growing trend to shop and save on home electricity, just as consumers shop for internet or phone service. More than 376,000 Illinois residents have chosen new home electricity suppliers in the past year and a half.
Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC) is the nation's leading competitive energy provider, with approximately $33 billion in annual revenues. Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon has operations and business activities in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Exelon is the largest competitive U.S. power generator, with approximately 35,000 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation's cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets. The company's Constellation business unit provides energy products and services to approximately 100,000 business and public sector customers and approximately 1 million residential customers. Exelon's utilities deliver electricity and natural gas to approximately 6.6 million customers in central Maryland (BGE), northern Illinois (ComEd) and southeastern Pennsylvania (PECO). Learn more at www.exeloncorp.com.