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Five New Kum & Go Stores to Use 20 Percent Less Energy

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April 14, 2011

Des Moines, Iowa-based Kum & Go recently opened the last of five stores that feature highly efficient heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration solutions that are expected to consume 20 percent less energy than a traditional store.

As a result of its energy conservation work, the Midwest operator of 430 convenience stores received the Energy Efficiency Leader Award from Hussmann and Trane, both Ingersoll Rand brands, for adopting sustainable energy and operational efficiency solutions. Trane is a provider of indoor comfort systems and services, while Hussmann provides display cases and refrigeration systems.

Kyle Krause
Kyle J. Krause

“At Kum & Go, we truly understand the importance of being a responsible retailer as well as the high expectations that our customers place on us to be environmental stewards. With that in mind, we will continue to dedicate ourselves to building eco-friendly stores now and in the future,” said Kyle J. Krause, president and CEO

Krause noted that the company selected customized state-of-the-art HVACR solutions for the new stores that can easily be modified to meet future industry trends and demands.

Two of the five stores are expected to generate nearly $7,000 each in energy rebates from Mid American Energy, a leader in the production of energy from diversified fuel sources including geothermal, natural gas, hydroelectric, nuclear, coal and wind, according to a Kum & Go statement.

The chain’s construction team built the new stores with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards in mind, Krause said. The construction and facilities team members spent more than six months working with an energy audit team to identify the most efficient solutions for the new stores.


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