In April 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its list of the Top 50 Green-Powered
Organizations. This quarterly list is part of the Green Power Partnership
which works with a wide variety of leading organizations in the US. This
includes Fortune 500® companies, local, state and federal governments, and a
growing number of colleges and universities.
Combined, the green power use of Partners on the National Top 50 list amounts
to nearly 16 billion kilowatt-hours annually, which represents nearly 70 percent
of the green power commitments made by all EPA Green Power Partners.
Using green power helps reduce the environmental impacts of electricity use
and supports the development of new renewable generation capacity nationwide.
Organizations can meet EPA Partnership requirements using any combination of
three different product options: (1) Renewable Energy Certificates, (2) On-site
generation, and (3) Utility green power products.
The EPA’s list of top green-powered organizations included number of
companies who have made sizable investment in renewable energy. This shows an
increasing demand for renewable energy as well as a rising commitment to
corporate social responsibility (CSR).
As reported in Earth
Techling, Intel offsets 85% of its annual energy bill with RECs and 2.5
billion kilowatt-hours. While Microsoft is a new addition to the EPA’s top 50.
With over 265 ENERGY STAR certified stores, 63 LEED certified stores, and solar
power installations on 100 stores in 6 statesKohl’s has been a green power
leader since 2007.
The following companies and organizations ranked in the top 10 on the EPA’s
list in Q1 2012:
- Whole Foods
- City of Houston, TX
- City of Austin, TX
- Hilton Worldwide
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