EPA Announces Top Green Power Purchasers
Clean Edge News
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing its lists of the top organizations within the Green Power Partnership using the most renewable electricity. EPA's lists include the National Top 50, Top 20 Retail, Top 20 College & University, Top 20 Local Government, and Top 20 On-site Generation, among others.
Intel Corporation continues to hold the first spot on the list as the largest single user of green power and has increased its green power usage by over 300 million kWh annually. With this increase, Intel Corporation now uses more than 3.1 billion kWh of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 100 percent of the organization’s electricity use, up from 89 percent. Following Intel Corporation on the National Top 50 List are Kohl's Department Stores, Microsoft Corporation, Whole Foods Market, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., respectively. Through their use of green power, these top five organizations are avoiding carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions equal to those created by the electricity use of nearly 630,000 average American homes each year. In addition, Cisco Systems, Inc. broke into the top ten on the National Top 50 List, moving up from No. 17 to No. 9 by increasing its green power use by more than 190 million kWh annually. On the Top 20 On-site Generation List, Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations, LLC and Nokia USA both made their debut on the list at Nos. 11 and 19, respectively.
The Partnership also updated the standings for the 2012-13 College & University Green Power Challenge, which tracks the green power use of colleges and universities both individually and by athletic conference. Thanks to a large increase in green power use by The Ohio State University, which now uses 141 million kWh of green power annually, the Big Ten Conference leads the 31 competing conferences. In addition, Oklahoma State University recently joined the Green Power Partnership and as a result, the Big 12 Conference jumped from No. 5 to No. 3 in the rankings.
EPA's Green Power Partnership works with more than 1,400 organizations to voluntarily purchase green power to reduce the environmental impacts of conventional electricity use. Overall, EPA's Green Power Partners are using more than 24 billion kWh of green power annually, equivalent to avoiding the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of more than 2.1 million average American homes.