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January 2013 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its quarterly update to the Green Power Partnership (GPP), which details the top companies, municipalities, schools and governments that voluntarily purchase green power. Since the EPA's GPP update in October 2012, Staples and Intel have both purchased enough green power to account for 100 percent of each company's electricity use. Staples moved from 80 percent up to 101 percent powered by green power through purchasing an additional 120 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy. Intel moved from 88 percent to 100 percent by purchasing 300 million kWh. Cisco also moved up eight slots to ninth place in the GPP's National Top 50 rankings by purchasing 190 million kWh of green power.

The top five overall purchasers on the list by volume of green power were Intel Corporation, Kohl's Department Stores, Microsoft Corporation, Whole Foods Market, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. In addition to Intel, Kohl's, and Whole Foods, the top ten purchasers of 100 percent renewable energy included Staples, District of Columbia, City of Austin, TD Bank, EPA, Deutsche Bank, and Washington Real Estate Investment Trust.

News Release - EPA Green Power Partnership National Top 50

Contacts: Mollie Lemon, 202-343-9859


September 2012 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) announced the 2012 Green Power Leadership Awards in conjunction with the Renewable Energy Markets 2012 conference in Washington D.C. The EPA recognizes exceptional achievement among EPA Green Power partners and green power suppliers, and differentiates award categories between green power purchaser and supplier awards.

The EPA handed out a total of twenty-eight Green Power Leadership Awards. On the purchaser side, The City of Austin, TX, Hilton Worldwide, Microsoft Corporation and the University of Oklahoma were named Green Power Partners of the Year, and Beaverton, Oregon and Oak Park, Illinois were named Green Power Communities of the Year. Additionally, Coca Cola Refreshments and Zotos international, Inc. each received awards for on-site generation, and Intel, Staples, Kohl's, and Whole Foods Market all received awards for sustained excellence in green power. On the supplier side, Renewable Choice Energy and Sterling Planet were named Green Power Suppliers of the year, and Wellesley Municipal Light Plant was named Innovative Green Power Program of the.

In addition to the EPA Green Power awards, CRS announced four award recipients: Wisconsin Public Service Community Foundation was named Best Green Power Education Outreach Program; the National Football League was given an award for Best Marketing Campaign by a Green Power Purchaser and Puget Sound Energy for the Best Marketing Campaign by a Green Power Supplier; and Lisa Jackson of the EPA was given an award for the Green Power Leader of the Year.

EPA News Release - EPA Green Power Leadership Awards

CRS News Release - Center for Resource Solutions Announces 2012 Green Power Leadership Award Winners

Additional Relevant Green Power Network Stories -
Microsoft and McDonald's Join EPA Green Power Partnership
Coca-Cola Earns Third on EPA Top 20 List of On-Site Green Power Generators
Intel, Kohl's Lead Corporate Renewable Energy Efforts
SunEdison and Staples Reach 30 million kWh of Solar Production
Wellesley (MA) Program Achieves 10% Participation
Wellesley Becomes First EPA Green Power Community in Massachusetts


November 2010 - The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership 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, and Whole Foods Market. Entering the Top 5 were Starbucks (No. 4) and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (No.5). Starbucks jumped 12 spots in the rankings after increasing its purchase from 237 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) to more than 537 million kWh, and it is now meeting 55% of its total purchased electricity use with green power. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania increased its purchase from 400 million kWh to 500 million kWh, and currently supplies 50% of its purchased electricity from green power.

Collectively, the top 50 largest purchases amount to more than 12.5 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 1,300 partner organizations that voluntarily purchase green power to reduce the environmental impacts of conventional electricity use. Overall, the partners buy nearly 18 billion kWh of green power annually.

News Release - Starbucks recognized as one of the Top Green Power Purchasers in the nation

News Release - EPA Recognizes Top Green Power Purchasers

Additional Information - EPA List of National Top 50 Green Power Purchasers

Contact: Stacy Kika, 202-564-0906 or Cathy Milbourn, 202-564-7849


October 2010 - Twenty-eight companies, organizations and individuals were recognized with national achievement awards at the Renewable Energy Markets 2010 Conference in Portland. The Green Power Leadership Awards recognize actions that are significantly advancing the development of renewable electricity sources through renewable energy markets. The awards are presented by the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Center for Resource Solutions.

Among green power purchasers, the highest honors went to the Kohl's Department Stores, Motorola, Inc., TD Bank, and Whole Foods Market, who were named Partners of the Year. The City of San Francisco and Phoenix Press, Inc. were recognized for their On-Site Generation. Corvallis, Oregon and Park City, Utah were honored as Communities of the Year. 3Degrees, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, SunRun Inc., and SolarCity were named Non-Utility Green Power Suppliers of the Year. La Plata Electric Association, Inc. and Portland General Electric won for Utility Green Power Programs of the Year. Arizona Public Service was awarded for Best Green Power Education Outreach Program. Sundance Square was named for Best Promotional Campaign by a Green Power Purchaser. Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power were recognized for Best Marketing Campaign by a Green Power Supplier. Thor Hinckley of Portland General Electric received the Green Power Pioneer Award.

News Release - DOE Recognizes Six Organizations as Nation's Top Green Power Suppliers

News Release - EPA Honors 18 Partners for Advancing Green Power Market

News Release - Center for Resource Solutions Announces 2010 Green Power Leadership Award Winners

News Article - Portland General Electric Receives Two National Green Power Awards

More Information - 2010 Green Power Leadership Awards


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

Contact: Dave Ryan, 202-564-7827 or 202-564-4355


June 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.

Other changes in rankings included Motorola increasing its purchase by 40.6 million kilowatt-hours to meet 32 percent of its total purchased electricity use and PepsiCo leaving the top green power purchasing list to instead invest in on-site renewable energy projects. In addition, there were a number of newcomers to the Top 50 list including: Montgomery County Clean Energy Buyers Group (No. 22), Hilton Worldwide (No. 32), Citi (No. 49), and Oregon State University (No. 50). Collectively, the top 50 largest purchases amount to more than 11.6 billion kWh annually, or more than 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 Article - America's Greenest Companies

News Article - Green power group buying 16.5 TWh a year

Additional Information - EPA List of National Top 50 Green Power Purchasers


April 2010 - Whole Foods Market has purchased 810 million kWh of wind power, equivalent to 100 percent of its electricity use at its North American locations, through marketer 3Degrees.

Whole Foods Market has also made a commitment to on-site renewable energy systems, with 15 locations currently using solar power and more in development. Two stores host hydrogen fuel cells, and the Company's San Jose store recently announced it would host a fuel cell that will generate enough electricity to meet 90 percent of the store's needs.

In addition to its on-site and renewable energy purchases, Whole Foods Market announced plans to reduce energy consumption at all stores by 25 percent per square foot by 2015.

News Release - Whole Foods Market Commits to Reduce Energy Consumption by 25 Percent per Square Foot by 2015


September 2009 - Whole Foods Market, the nation's largest natural and organic foods supermarket, announced that it is continuing its commitment to purchase green power equivalent to 100% of the electricity used in its North American locations.

Its purchase of more than 776 million kWh of wind energy certificates annually is the third largest by a corporate purchaser in the United States, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership. Renewable Choice Energy (RCE), a Boulder, Colorado-based renewable energy marketers, is supplying 90% of the renewable energy certificates (RECs) from E.ON Climate & Renewables' recently-completed Panther Creek wind farms in Texas.

The purchase of RECs is part of the Whole Food's comprehensive energy commitment, which also includes plans to more than triple the number of stores with solar panels and to retrofit existing stores with energy-efficient lighting, equipment and mechanical components.

News Release - Whole Foods Market Helps Fund New Wind Farm, Makes Landmark Purchase of Wind Energy Credits

Additional Information - Energy Credits Fund New Wind Farm

Whole Foods Market Contact: Ashley Hawkins, 512-542-0381


August 2009 - The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership has released its latest list of top green power purchasers nationally. Retaining their places among the top five are, in order: Intel Corporation, PepsiCo, Whole Foods Market, Kohl’s Department Stores, and Dell Inc.

In addition, there were a number of newcomers to the Top 50 list this quarter including: Deutsche Bank AG (24th), Lockheed Martin Corporation (35th), The Bank of New York Mellon (37th), Herman Miller Inc. (46th), City of San Diego, CA (49th) and Citi (50th). Collectively, the top 50 largest purchases amount to more than 12.3 billion kWh annually, or more than 70 percent of the green power commitments made by all EPA Green Power Partners.

EPA’s Green Power Partnership works with more than 1,100 partner organizations that voluntarily purchase green power to reduce the environmental impacts of conventional electricity use. Overall, the partners buy more than 16 billion kWh of green power annually.

News Article - Intel, PepsiCo, Whole Foods Top EPA Lists of Green Power Purchasers

Additional Information - EPA List of Fortune 500 Green Power Purchasers

Contacts:
Dave Ryan, 202-564-7827
Skip Anderson, 202-564-9551


October 2007 - Twenty-seven companies, organizations and individuals were recognized with national achievement awards at the Twelfth National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference in Philadelphia. The Green Power Leadership Awards recognize actions that are significantly advancing the development of renewable electricity sources through renewable energy markets. The awards are presented by the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Center for Resource Solutions.

Among green power purchasers, the highest honors went to City of Bellingham, WA, Johnson & Johnson, Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc., PepsiCo, Staples, Wells Fargo & Company and Whole Foods Market, who were named Partner of the Year. Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power and Silicon Valley Power were named Green Power Programs of the Year and Constellation NewEnergy won for New Green Power Product. John Schaeffer of Gaiam Real Goods and William Sprately of Green Energy Ohio received the Green Power Pioneer Award.

News Release - Department of Energy Recognizes Six Leading Organizations for Helping the U.S. 'Go Green'

News Release - Who Said It’s Not Easy Being Green? EPA Recognizes Green Power Purchasing Leaders

More Information - 2007 Green Power Leadership Awards

More Information - Federal News Radio's Daily Debrief with Amy Morris (Green Power! - October 30, 2007)


December 2006 - Twenty-eight companies, organizations and individuals were recognized with national achievement awards at the Eleventh National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference. The Green Power Leadership Awards recognize actions that are significantly advancing the development of renewable electricity sources through renewable energy markets. The awards are presented by the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Center for Resource Solutions.

Among green power purchasers, the highest honors went to Aspen Skiing Company, HSBC-North America, Johnson & Johnson, Starbucks, and Whole Foods Market, who were named Partner of the Year. Portland General Electric was named Green Power Program of the Year and Silicon Valley Power won for New Green Power Program. Jim Burke of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, and Brent Alderfer and Eric Blank of Community Energy Inc. received the Green Power Pioneer Award.

News Release - 2006 National Green Power Award Winners Announced

More Information - Green Power Leadership Awards


June 2006 - Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) landed the No. 3 spot on Business Ethics Magazine's annual survey of the "100 Best Corporate Citizens." The magazine develops its numerical ratings based on a statistical analysis of eight measures of service: stockholders, community, governance, diversity, employees, environment, human rights, and product.

AMD scored high for its environmental efforts, with the magazine noting that the company appears on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's national list of the "Top 25" green power purchasers. The magazine mentions that three other companies among the 100 Best Corporate Citizens also made the EPA's list: Johnson & Johnson (No. 12), Starbucks (No. 17), and Whole Foods Market (No. 47).

News Release - Business Ethics Magazine Lists "100 Best Corporate Citizens" for 2006

News Article - Austin Company High on Ethics List

Additional Information - 100 Best Corporate Citizens for 2006


January 2006 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership issued an updated list of its "Top 25 Partners" for the end of 2005. The U.S. Air Force maintained its spot as the top purchaser of green power nationally—a rank it has held since the list was first published in September 2004—with current annual purchases of more than one billion kWh. Whole Foods Market is now second on the list with annual purchases of 458.4 million kWh, equivalent to 100% of its total corporate electricity needs. Other leading corporate purchasers include Johnson & Johnson (241.4 billion kWh annual purchase and fourth on the list); Starbucks (150 million kWh, sixth); Safeway Inc. (78 million kWh, eighth); and HSBC North America (68.2 million kWh, tenth).

Collectively, the Top 25 "Partners" purchase 3.3 billion kWh of green power annually, representing approximately 75% of the total purchases made by all 600 Partners.

Additional Information - Top 25 Partners

EPA Contact: Matt Clouse (202) 343-9004


January 2006 - Whole Foods Market, the nation's largest natural and organic foods supermarket, announced that it is purchasing renewable energy certificates (RECs) to offset 100% of the electricity used in all of its stores. The purchase, totaling 458 million kWh of wind energy annually, makes Whole Foods the leading corporate purchaser of green power in the United States, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership. Whole Foods also becomes the nation's first Fortune 500 Company to be entirely green-powered. The RECs are being supplied by Renewable Choice Energy (RCE).

News Release - Whole Foods Market Makes Largest Ever Purchase of Wind Energy Credits in United States

News Article - Whole Foods Goes with the Wind

News Article - Whole Foods Commits to Wind Energy

RCE Contact: Quayle Hodek (303) 468-0405 x224


October 2004 - At a ceremony held during the Ninth National Green Power Marketing Conference in Albany, New York, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued Green Power Leadership Awards to 19 purchasers and six suppliers. The awards are designed to recognize the actions of individuals, companies, and organizations that are significantly advancing the development of renewable electricity sources through voluntary green power markets.

Among green power purchasers, Montgomery County (Maryland), Staples Inc., Silk, Clif Bar, and the U.S. General Services Administration received Green Power Partner of the Year Awards—the highest purchasing honor given. In addition, the following purchasers were recognized for their substantial green power purchase commitments: Salt Lake City, Johnson & Johnson, New York Municipal Wind Buyers Group, College of the Atlantic, Whole Foods, Interface, Inc., Alterra Coffee Roasters, Lundberg Family Farms, Edwards Air Force Base, Harbec Plastics, California State University at Hayward, Mauna Lani Resort, Rodney Strong Vineyards, and the City and County of San Francisco, Moscone Convention Center.

Among green power suppliers, Austin Energy received the Green Power Program of the Year award, the highest honor. Lenox Municipal Utilities, PaloAltoGreen, Calpine, The Energy Cooperative of Pennsylvania, and PPM Energy, Inc. were also recognized for their substantial achievements as green power suppliers.

The Center for Resource Solutions issued recognition awards for outstanding leadership in building and shaping the market for renewable energy. Green Power Market Development Awards were presented to the following individuals and organizations: Western Washington Green Power Campaign, World Resources Institute, and Rob Harmon of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. Honorable Mention awards were presented to the Maine Green Power Connection, and Alan Apt and Jim Welch of Fort Collins, Colorado.

News Release - 2004 Green Power Leadership Award Winners EPA, DOE, CRS To Honor National Green Power Leaders


June 2004 - Whole Foods Market, a natural and organic foods supermarket chain, announced that it is purchasing wind energy certificates for 10% of the electricity used at its 28 stores and facilities in the North Atlantic Region, covering Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. Under an agreement with Community Energy Inc., the company will purchase 5.2 million kWh of wind energy annually generated from new wind energy projects located in the Eastern United States. Combined with an earlier wind energy purchase for its Mid-Atlantic stores, Whole Foods is now buying a total of 11.2 million kWh of wind energy annually for 54 stores in the East.

Later this year, the two companies plan to launch an in-store educational campaign to inform Whole Foods customers about the benefits of wind energy and how to purchase wind energy for their homes.

News Release - Whole Foods Market Strengthens Environmental Stewardship With Introduction of Wind Energy at 24 Stores

News Article - A powerful statement from green grocer: Whole Foods Markets will use the wind to generate some of the electricity for its stores in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic (Registration Required)

Whole Foods Market Contact: Mara Fleishman (617) 492-5500
Community Energy Contact: Jeff Keeler (203) 245-0757


November 2003 - Whole Foods Market, Inc. announced that it is purchasing wind energy for 10% of the electricity used at all of its Mid-Atlantic stores. Under an agreement with Community Energy, the company will purchase 6 million kWh annually of Green-e certified wind energy certificates supplied from the 66-MW Mountaineer Wind Energy Center in West Virginia. The initiative was implemented through a unanimous vote by team leaders representing the company's 24 Mid-Atlantic stores.

News Release - Whole Foods Market Strengthens its Commitment to the Environment With the Purchase of Wind Energy


 

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