The EPA’s annual Green Power Partnership lists includes dozens of organizations that are now using 100 percent green energy to power their US operations. Organizations achieve this amazing feat with the help of renewable energy certificates, on-site generation and utility green power products.
The “100 percent” list is updated quarterly and identifies a range of organizations (businesses, government agencies, organizations and universities) that use only renewable energy in their US operations. (Usage figures are based on annualized partner contract amounts, such as kilowatt-hour, not calendar year totals).
As stated on the EPA’s site, “Using green power helps reduce the environmental impacts of electricity use and supports the development of new renewable generation capacity nationwide.”
The top three companies on the EPA’s 100% Green Power Users list are Intel, Kohls, and Whole Foods.
Intel had the largest annual green power usage on both the general and the 100 percent green power lists, with 3.1 billion kilowatt-hours from biogas, biomass, small hydro, solar and wind sources generated on-site and purchased from provider Sterling Planet.
2. Kohl’s Department Stores
Kohl’s followed on both lists with 1.53 billion kWh from solar and wind green power sources. Kohl’s meets its 100 percent green power standard through on-site generation and from providers 3Degrees, Nexant and Sterling Planet.
3. Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods had the third-largest amount of green power usage among those using 100 percent green power, with 800 million kWh of solar and wind power via on-site generation and provider 3Degrees. Staples, the District of Columbia, City of Austin, TD Bank, EPA, Deutsche Bank and Washington Real Estate Investment Trust rounded out the top 10 100 percent green power users.
Other companies that made the list
TD Bank, Deutsche Bank, NYSE, EuroNext, BMO, Harris Bank, Adobe Systems
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