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Whole Foods Market, a retailer of natural and organic foods in the U.S. and U.K., is now allowing shoppers to purchase wind energy credits at its checkout counters at nearly 80 stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

Customers can purchase $15 and $5 Wind Power Cards that were produced by Renewable Choice Energy, a Boulder, Colo.-based wind power provider. According to the companies, the cards enable consumers to buy certified wind energy credits equivalent to a household's average monthly electricity consumption - 750 kWh for a family or 250 kWh for an individual.

"Purchasing a Wind Power Card to offset your own energy consumption, or as a gift for others, is an affordable way to fight climate change," says Quayle Hodek, Renewable Choice Energy's chief executive officer. "Wind Power Cards do not reduce or replace conventional electricity bills, but they offer consumers an opportunity to ensure that the energy they take from the grid is replaced with clean, renewable energy derived from wind power."

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