The cooperative is Agri-Mark, and the 18 million kWh of electricity will be used in Agri-Mark manufacturing plants in West Springfield and Chateaugay, N.Y.
“Through a series of online auctions run on the World Energy Exchange, Agri-Mark was able to test various terms and products in both markets in a transparent manner and on an ‘apples to apples’ basis,” World Energy Solutions said in a press release. “The West Springfield auctions netted Agri-Mark 10 percent green power at a discounted rate, while the Chateaugay event helped the co-op secure attractive fixed pricing for a portion of its load within the ReCharge NY program, providing valuable budget certainty.”
Agri-Mark, with $880 million in 2012 sales, markets more than 300 million gallons of farm-fresh milk each year for more than 1,250 dairy farm families in New England and New York. The cooperative, headquartered in Methuen, has been marketing milk for dairy farmers since 1913. Agri-Mark farmers own the Cabot brand of Vermont Cheddar, butter, and other dairy products in addition to the McCadam brand of New York Cheddar, Pepper Jack, and other cheeses.