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Canola Oil Powers Whole Foods Commissary

EVERETT, Mass. —Whole Foods Market commissary here uses canola oil not only for recipes but to run a custom-designed generator that provides nearly all the electricity for the 70,000-square-foot building, according to a report in the Boston Globe.

The generator is powering lights, refrigerators, appliances and other equipment used to prepare food sold in 62 stores from Maine to New Jersey, the report said.

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Whole Foods estimates that the system, which also eliminates the need to dispose of more than 1,000 gallons of used oil every week, could save the commissary about 20% of its energy and waste-disposal costs, the report noted, adding that Lifecycle Renewables, Marblehead, Mass., which owns and operates the generator, sells the power to Whole Foods.

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