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Large Purchasers of Green Power

Northwestern University

April 2011 - The Big Ten conference surpassed the Ivy League conference as the top athletic conference in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) College and University Green Power Challenge. The Big Ten purchased more than 256 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually.

The University of Pennsylvania continues to be the top individual school in the green power challenge, by purchasing approximately 200 million kWh, equivalent to nearly half of the university's electricity needs. The 69 institutions competing in the challenge collectively purchase more than 1.5 billion kWh of green power annually.

News Release – EPA Recognizes Leaders in College and University Green Power Challenge

Contacts: Stacy Kika, 202-564-0906 | Cathy Milbourn, 202-564-7849

July 2009 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Partnership announced that green power buyers in Illinois combined for purchases of more than 445 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity from renewable resources for 2008. The City of Chicago topped green power buyers in the state, with a purchase of 215 million kWh of wind and biomass energy from MidAmerican Energy. Other large buyers included PepsiAmericas Inc., which purchased 157 million kWh from Sterling Planet, Northwestern University in Evanston, and healthcare company Baxter International Inc. An additional six Illinois companies were recognized by the Partnership for buying enough green power to supply 100% of their electricity demand for the year. These were General Converting Inc., Talbott Hotel, Goodness Greenness, Tartan Realty Group, Digital Hub, and Farr Associates.

News Release: EPA'S Illinois Green Power Partners Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

April 2006 - Northwestern University, a private institution with 14,000 students and campuses in Evanston and Chicago, IL, has signed a four-year agreement to purchase 40 million kWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs) each year, equal to 20% of the school's total annual electricity needs. The RECs are Green-e certified and will be supplied by 3 Phases Energy (now serviced by 3Degrees) from Midwestern wind farms, including the newly developed Weatherford Wind Energy Center in Custer County, OK. The RECs purchase makes Northwestern the second largest purchaser of renewable energy among the nation's colleges and universities, according to the U.S. EPA's Green Power Partnership.

News Release - Northwestern Buys 'Wind Power' for 20 Percent of Power Needs

April 2006 - The U.S. Air Force retained its place at the top of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) list of the "Top 25" national purchasers in the Green Power Partnership. The Air Force purchases more than one billion kWh of renewable energy annually.

Two new Partners made the list: IBM Corporation (No. 10) and Northwestern University (tie for No. 22). Other significant movement within the list includes Johnson & Johnson claiming the No. 3 spot and the University of Pennsylvania climbing to No. 8 from its previous position, tied for No. 20. Combined, the Top 25 purchases amount to 3.6 billion kWh of green power annually or approximately 73% of green power purchases made by all Partners.

Additional Information - Top 25 Partners

EPA Contact: Matt Clouse (202) 343-9004


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