Earlier this month the National Hockey League announced that it partnered with Constellation Energy as its energy provider with a focus on reducing energy use and embracing clean energy. The news comes after at least three NHL teams in California partnered with Sungevity to promote solar to hockey fans.
Under the partnership in California fans of the Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, and Anaheim Ducks will get $500 off a Sungevity solar plan. In addition the company and the teams have partnered on specials for fans.
While teams in other sports leagues have used solar to power their stadiums, this is likely the first time that an entire sports league has made a commitment to purchasing cleaner energy and carbon offsets. “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."
Under the partnership Constellation will conduct energy efficiency analyses at NHL facilities across the U.S. and it will recommend energy management strategies for them. In addition Constellation will also provide renewable energy certificates (RECs) and carbon offsets of 550,000 metric tons—the NHL’s estimated carbon footprint for the 2014-2015 season. The RECs can be purchased from solar, wind and other renewable energy installations.
“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.”
Together the organizations will promote energy efficiency at key hockey events including the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game, 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series and the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
“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. “By promoting responsible energy use, the NHL is setting an example for the sports industry, fans and communities.”
The agreement comes after the NHL released its 2014 Sustainability Report, which documented its carbon footprint. The report was produced with help from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Green Sports Alliance.Tweet