The National Hockey League (NHL) named Constellation as its official preferred energy provider to keep its priorities of reducing its environmental impact and accelerate a greater movement toward a healthier planet. Constellation will work with the NHL to conduct energy efficiency analyses and recommend energy management strategies for the League’s facilities. At the NHL’s request, Constellation will also provide Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and Carbon Offsets to match the League’s estimated total carbon footprint – 550,000 metric tons – for the 2014–15 season.
“Our partnership with Constellation advances our commitment to promoting responsible energy use by the NHL, including our teams, our venues and our fans,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Our sport was born on frozen ponds and relies on winter weather. Everyone who loves our game will benefit by taking an active role in preserving the environment and the roots of the game.”
“Constellation is proud to partner with the NHL to achieve its energy and environmental goals, and like the NHL, we are committed to a clean energy future,” said Joe Nigro, CEO of Constellation. “Not only does Constellation offer sustainable energy options to our customers, together with our parent company, Exelon, we’ve also dramatically reduced our carbon footprint. By promoting responsible energy use, the NHL is setting an example for the sports industry, fans and communities.”
NHL and Constellation will work together to promote efficient energy use throughout the League and at key events throughout the season, including the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, 2015 Honda NHL® All-Star Game, 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series TM and the 2015 Stanley Cup® Playoffs.
“The NHL and Constellation are leading a cultural shift in sports toward ecologically responsible energy practices,” said Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, president of the Green Sports Alliance. “This partnership confirms that responsible environmental stewardship can be profitable and attractive to millions of fans. Hopefully, this partnership will influence other businesses and fans alike to embrace renewable energy options which are so desperately needed to protect our planet.”