August 2010 - The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership has released its latest list of top green power purchasers. Retaining their places at the top of the list were Intel Corporation, Kohl's Department Stores, Whole Foods Market, City of Houston, and Dell Inc.
There were a number of newcomers to the Top 50 list including: Washington, D.C. (No. 14), TD Bank, N.A. (No. 15), the state of Illinois (No. 23), Pearson, Inc. (No. 27), Chicago Public Schools (No. 35), and Harris N.A. (No. 42). BD (No. 19) and the Port of Portland (No. 49) both rose in the rankings by nearly doubling their green power purchases.
Collectively, the top 50 largest purchases amount to more than 12 billion kWh annually, or approximately 70 percent of the green power commitments made by all EPA Green Power Partners.
EPA's Green Power Partnership works with more than 1,200 partner organizations that voluntarily purchase green power to reduce the environmental impacts of conventional electricity use. Overall, the partners buy more than 17 billion kWh of green power annually.
News Release - EPA Announces Nation's Top 50 Green Power Organizations
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May 2002 - Illinois Governor George Ryan marked Earth Day by issuing an executive order committing the state to purchase green power for at least 5% of the electricity used by buildings owned or operated by agencies under the governor's control. The amount of renewable energy purchased will grow to at least 15% by 2020. The executive order defines "green power" as electricity generated from renewable sources such as wind, solar, organic wastes and hydropower. It excludes the burning of municipal solid waste, wood waste, or tires.