PHOENIX - Facing surging energy costs, 125 energy-management executives from food retailers gathered here last week to seek ways to reduce the consumption of energy by in-store refrigeration, lighting and HVAC systems. "I'm here because of my energy rates. Southern California Edison raised electricity costs by 28% in the Los Angeles area," said Joe Perry, director of maintenance and construction, Super A Foods, a 12-store retailer based in Commerce, Calif. "I'm looking at alternative energy ...

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