The Cleveland Indians and Akron-based FirstEnergy have extended the companies' partnership, including a unique green energy pact through which the Tribe will purchase green power to fuel Progressive Field.
The Indians are purchasing 100% Green-e Certified wind energy from FirstEnergy, power that comes from wind farms across the country. Green-e Energy is widely recognized as the nation's leading certification and verification program for renewable energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction products.
The switch to this green energy will significantly reduce the carbon footprint at the ballpark, with the Indians each season using enough electricity to power every home in Lakewood for one month.
"With this wind power purchase, the Cleveland Indians join a small but elite group of professional teams with stadiums powered by 100% green energy," said Dennis Chack, FirstEnergy's Senior Vice President, Marketing and Branding. "Our agreement with the Indians not only underscores our long-standing partnership with this Cleveland institution, it also reinforces our long history of supporting the environment and investing in clean energy."
As part of the project, Heritage Plaza - the newly renovated entryway at the Right Field Gate - will now be known as Heritage Plaza presented by FirstEnergy. The plaza is the cornerstone of the Right Field District, and is home to the redesigned bullpens, new historical elements and various events throughout the season.
"We're very excited to extend our partnership with a company with such strong local ties, and by doing so help the environment," said Indians Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Bob DiBiasio, "We're committed to sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint, and this is another step in doing so."