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The Chicago Tribune reports that IKEA is building a wind farm in downstate Illinois that it says "will produce 65 percent more electricity than its U.S. operations consume," ensuring that "its stores will never have to buy a single kilowatt of power again."

Technically, this isn't exactly true, since most of IKEA's stores are too far from the wind farm to benefit directly. However, IKEA will sell power generated by the wind farm on the open market, which will allow it to more than recoup its energy expenses.

Here's how the Tribune frames the decision:

"With the project, Ikea’s first wind investment in the U.S., the company is among a growing number of companies taking care of their energy needs by buying or investing in power produced by the wind and sun.

"Microsoft announced late last year it would purchase power from a 55 turbine wind farm in Texas. At the same time, Facebook announced it would power its new Iowa data center using wind energy from a wind farm MidAmerican Energy is constructing in the state. Over the last few years, Google has been ticking up its wind power purchases and investing in wind projects in Iowa, Oklahoma and Texas.

"The American Wind Energy Association credits big box retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc. with starting the trend in 2008 when it made a substantial purchase of wind energy from a Duke Energy-owned wind farm in Texas."
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