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The EPA released its list of the top 50 partner organizations using the most renewable electricity to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect people’s health. Green power is generated from renewable resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, biomass, or low-impact hydropower. Purchases of green power help accelerate the nation’s voluntary green power market and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.
EPA’s Green Power Partnership’s largest single purchaser of green power, Intel Corp., increased its commitment by nearly doubling its annual green power usage to more than 2.5 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh). This is the largest green power purchase to date in the partnership, and is equivalent to avoiding CO2 emissions from electricity use of more than 218,000 average American homes.
“EPA’s Green Power partners are tapping into America’s growing clean energy market and powering the economy of the future,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “Investments like these are smart for business, foster growth in the green energy sector and help protect our health through cleaner air.”
Kohl’s, second on the national top 50 list, joined Intel as the only two partners using more than 1 billion kWh of green power. The department store chain increased its annual green power purchase to more than 1.4 billion kWh of green power. Staples more than doubled its green power commitment and Sony Corp. of America nearly doubled its green power purchase. Best Buy, Suffolk County, N.Y., and Drexel University are all making first time appearances on the national top 50 list. Collectively, these top 50 partner organizations are using more than 13.5 billion kWh of green power annually, equivalent to the CO2 produced from the electricity use of more than 1.1 million average American homes.
Wind seemed the most popular form of energy with 43 of the 50 or 86 percent of companies reported using energy generated from wind resources. Solar was second with 38 percent followed by biomass and biogas at 32 percent, hydro-electricity at 4 percent and geothermal at 2 percent. Some entities reported various sources and were not included in this count.
To view the entire top 50 list from the EPA, use this link.