Bulls, Blackhawks and United Center announce five-year sponsorship partnership with Constellation Energy
Constellation to sponsor “Go Green” games and a joint community effort
March 29, 2012 – The Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks and United Center held a press conference Thursday to announce a five-year sponsorship partnership with Constellation Energy. This new agreement designates Constellation as “The Official Energy Provider” for all three entities through the 2015-16 seasons.
Under the terms of the agreement, Constellation will sponsor the “Go Green” games at the United Center for the Blackhawks on April 1 and the Bulls on April 2. Constellation will buy Green-e Energy Certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) to match the electricity use on each game day. RECs represent the environmental benefit of electricity generated by wind and therefore avoid carbon dioxide emissions.
"Constellation is thrilled to help the Bulls and Blackhawks enhance their energy efficiency and environmental sustainability and welcomes the opportunity to literally power these two great teams by supplying electricity to the United Center," said Bruce Stewart, chief retail marketing officer for Constellation. "Using RECs to avoid greenhouse gas emissions from electricity use is an effective approach for Chicago's storied sports franchises as it helps raise awareness and increase support by their legions of loyal fans."
Constellation will provide “energy tips” that will be shown on the scoreboard throughout both “Go Green” games to educate fans about how they can be more energy efficient. Constellation also encourages fans to join in its Earth Month Hero Contest on Facebook beginning April 1 by uploading images showing how they save energy.
"Constellation's greening of the Chicago Blackhawks game on April 1 supplements several of our team's environmental efforts," said Chicago Blackhawks Executive Vice President Jay Blunk. "We take pride in working together with Constellation and the United Center on this initiative."
"Through our new relationship with Constellation Energy, we're now in a position to work with a national industry leader as we continue to look for ways to improve our environmental performance and to educate our fans about the importance of energy conservation," said Chicago Bulls President and COO Michael Reinsdorf. "One of the first activations of this valuable partnership is the Bulls “Go Green” game on April 2. We look forward to working with Constellation Energy on this event and other fan-focused initiatives."
Also, in conjunction with Constellation Energy, the Blackhawks and the Bulls will team up for the first time to work together on a “Go Green” community effort in May with the Garden Committee for the West Havens Garden.
Constellation Energy, a business unit of Exelon, is a leading national competitive electricity supplier that works with customers to buy, manage and use energy more efficiently.
Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC) is the nation's leading competitive energy provider, with approximately $33 billion in annual revenues. Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon has operations and business activities in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Exelon is the largest competitive U.S. power generator, with approximately 35,000 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation's cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets. The company's Constellation business unit provides energy products and services to approximately 100,000 business and public sector customers and approximately 1 million residential customers. Exelon's utilities deliver electricity and natural gas to approximately 6.6 million customers in central Maryland (BGE), northern Illinois (ComEd) and southeastern Pennsylvania (PECO). Learn more at www.exeloncorp.com.