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    Maryland, Delaware Travel Plazas Go Green

    Renewable energy will be supplied to plaza operator, HMSHost Corp.

    BALTIMORE -- HMSHost Corp., operator of customized travel plazas along the East Coast, signed agreements with Constellation NewEnergy to purchase renewable energy for use in its travel plazas in Maryland and Delaware.

    "Greening our travel plazas is a natural fit with our core commitments to customer comfort and safety," Michael Jones, senior vice president for HMSHost, said in a statement. "Working with Constellation NewEnergy to match half of our electricity use at these locations complements our existing efforts to integrate green construction standards and energy efficient management systems into our building designs and operations."

    As part of the agreement, Constellation NewEnergy will supply approximately six million kilowatt hours of Green-e certified Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), to offset 50 percent of the electricity used at HMSHost's three travel plazas along Interstate 95 in the two states.

    The RECs will support the operation of clean, renewable wind generation; helping avoid the carbon emissions produced from the combustion of fossil fuels, the company stated.

    "We are pleased to support HMSHost's sustainable environmental practices," Carrie Cullen Hitt, vice president for Renewable Products for Constellation NewEnergy, said in a statement. "HMSHost's environmental leadership in their travel plaza operations is indicative of a corporatewide commitment to enhance their customer's travel experience. It sets a powerful example for both the retail and travel industries."

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