October 2006 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership (GPP) released its quarterly list of the "Top 25" organizations that purchase electricity generated from renewable energy resources. While the U.S. Air Force remains the top national purchaser, Wells Fargo & Company has become the top corporate purchaser, placing second overall. Other new list entrants include DuPont Company (No. 7), Vail Resorts (No. 9), Sprint Nextel (No. 14), California State University System (No. 19), City of Austin, Texas (No. 21), and NatureWorks LLC (No. 23).
In aggregate, Green Power Partners purchase more than 7 billion kWh of renewable energy annually, an increase of nearly 240% since the end of 2004. The Top 25 purchases account for nearly 4.7 billion kWh or about two-thirds of all Partner purchases.
News Release - EPA's Green Power Top-25 Announced: Wells Fargo Joins List as Top Corporation
Additional Information - EPA GPP Top 25 Partners
August 2006 - Vail Resorts announced that it is purchasing wind energy equivalent to its total annual corporate electricity use, including its five mountain resorts and 125 retail locations, its lodging properties, and its new corporate headquarters in Broomfield, Colorado. Under an agreement with Renewable Choice Energy, Vail Resorts will purchase about 152 million kWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs) from wind energy facilities located in several states, making it the second-largest corporate buyer of wind energy nationally. The company also announced a Ski With the Wind promotion, which offers a free one-day ski lift ticket to families who commit to a one-year purchase of wind power for their residences.
News Release - Vail Resorts Chooses Wind Power for 100% of Electricity Use - Becomes Second Largest Corporate Wind Power Purchaser in U.S.
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