Wakefern Food Corp.

At a Glance


Retail and Apparel

Project Type

Commercial Energy Efficiency




Edison, NJ

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Net Present Value:


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Annual kWh Savings:

3,800,000 kWh

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Annual CO2 Reductions:

2,600 metric tons


Scott Brechmacher assessed lighting retrofits at 18 of Wakefern's most energy-intensive stores.


Scott Brechmacher helped Wakefern Food Corp., a cooperative grocery distributor based in New Jersey, progress toward organization-wide sustainability goals set in 2008. The goals, which Wakefern aims to reach by 2015, cover energy consumption, water use and waste generation at 287 ShopRite and PriceRite grocery stores across 6 states.


Brechmacher focused on energy consumption, assessing 18 of Wakefern's most energy-intensive ShopRite stores for potential energy efficiency upgrades. Ultimately he recommended lighting retrofits, occupancy sensors and upgrading refrigerated cases with light-emitting diode (LED) lights, night curtains, or both.

Potential Impact

Across all 18 stores, these projects could reduce energy consumption by over 3.8 million kilowatt hours per year, generating annual savings of over $530,000 and 2,600 metric tons of carbon dioxide. Over their lifetimes, the projects could save Wakefern nearly $2.7 million. 


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