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July 2013 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership has released its quarterly rankings of green power users. Members of the Green Power Partnership commit to increasing their use of renewable energy through renewable energy certificates (RECs), on-site generation, or utility green power products. In the new National Top 50 rankings, Intel, Microsoft, and Kohl's continue to hold to the top three positions while the City of Houston got a bump into a top ten position of 8th for its green power purchase of 622,887 megawatt-hours (MWh). New members of the National Top 50 include Unilever (13th), JPMorgan Chase (26th), and EMC Corporation (32nd). Forest County Potawatomi Community (10th) of Crandon, WI, moved into the top 10 of Local Government Partners with a purchase of 55,035 MWh, while new members of the local government list include Western Pennsylvania Energy Consortium (12th), Los Angeles World Airports (16th), and the City of Boston (17th). Additional rankings such as the Top 20 Colleges and Universities, Top 20 On-site Generation, and Top 20 Retail can viewed on the EPA Green Power Partnership website.

Additional Information - EPA Green Power Partnership


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


September 2012 - The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Vote Solar Initiative have released a report ranking the top U.S. commercial solar customers by total installed solar capacity in megawatts (MW). In addition to aggregate solar capacity, the report provides information on the number of installations and the number of states in which solar systems are currently operating for each company. The top five U.S. commercial solar customers are Walmart (65 MW), Costco (38.9 MW), Kohl's (36.5 MW), Ikea (21.5 MW), and Macy's (16.1 MW). In addition, General Motors was the top American car company on the list, coming in at number 13 overall, with 5.6 MW from 13 solar systems.

Some commercial customers purchase solar renewable energy certificates (SREC) to meet electrical demand with renewable generation sources, but such transactions are not considered as part of this report's company rankings. Additionally, in the case of the companies discussed in this report, some sell the SRECs generated by the company's solar system to utilities or other buyers, and even those customers who sell the system's SRECs were considered for the purposes of this report's rankings.

News Article - Solar Means Business: Top Commercial Solar Customers in the U.S.


April 2012 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its updated National Top 50 Green Power Partnership rankings, which recognize leading organizations for their voluntary green power efforts. Microsoft and McDonald's, who joined the EPA Green Power Partnership in March, both made the National Top 50 rankings. Microsoft ranked 3rd, with more than 1.2 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of annual green power usage, while McDonald's ranked 11th overall with 306 million kWh of annual green power usage. Intel and Kohl's retained the top two spots.

News Release - EPA Releases List of Top 50 Green-Powered Organizations/Intel, Kohl's, Microsoft rank in top three


February 2012 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) completed its quarterly Green Power Partnership rankings, which recognizes leading organizations for their green power efforts. Wal-Mart moved up in rankings from 15th to 3rd in overall green power use, behind Intel and Kohl's, who retained their top two rankings. Wal-Mart increased its green power use from about 263 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) as of October 5, 2011 to more than 872 million kWh as of January 5, 2012. The Green Power Partnership rankings only include Wal-Mart's California and Texas facilities.

Sprint also moved up the Green Power Partner rankings, from 20th place to 13th place on the Fortune 500 Partners List, and up from 45th place to 26th place on the National Top 50 Partners List. Sprint increased its green power use from about 107 million kWh as of October 5, 2011 to 176 million kWh as of January 5, 2012. Supermarket retailer Ahold USA made the Green Power Partnership rankings for the first time, with more than 149 million kWh of annual green power use.

News Release - Wal-Mart No. 2 on EPA's Top 20 Retail List of Green Power Purchases in Two Biggest States

News Release - Sprint Leads Wireless Industry in Green Power, Securing No. 13 on EPA Fortune 500 Green Power Partner List

News Release - Ahold USA Recognized by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Leading Green Power Purchases

Additional Information - Green Power Partnership Top Partner Rankings


November 2011 - Twenty-nine companies, organizations and individuals were recognized with national achievement awards at the Renewable Energy Markets 2011 Conference in San Francisco. 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 (DOE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS).

EPA's Partner of the Year awards went to the Empire State Building, Google Inc., Intel Corp., Kohl's Department Stores, and Staples. Portland, Oregon and Washington, D.C. were honored as Communities of the Year. 3Degrees and Washington Gas Energy Services were named Non-Utility Green Power Suppliers of the Year by DOE, and DTE Energy won for Utility Green Power Program of the Year. DOE also awarded the Clean Energy Collective the Innovative Green Power Program of the Year Award. CRS presented Tennessee Valley Campus Outreach Program the award for Best Green Power Education Outreach Program, New Leaf Paper, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, and Villanti & Sons, Printers Inc. the award for Best Marketing Campaign by a Green Power Purchaser. CRS also recognized Clean Currents for the Best Marketing Campaign by a Green Power Supplier and Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) as the Green Power Pioneer Award.

News Release - Energy Department Recognizes Nation's Top Green Power Programs

News Release - EPA Honors 19 Organizations for Leadership in Clean Energy

News Release - Center for Resource Solutions Announces 2011 Green Power Leadership Award Winners

Additional Information - Green Power Leadership Awards Announced November 16, 2011


July 2011 - Intel and Kohl's ranked highest for 2010 total renewable energy use, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Intel led the way for total renewable energy use with 1,493 gigawatt-hours (GWh), followed by Kohl's with 1,418 GWh, and CLP Holdings Ltd. ranked third with 953 GWh of renewable energy purchased.

Kohl's topped the rankings for percentage of electricity procured from renewable energy, purchasing 100.4 percent of its electricity needs from renewable sources. Whole Foods ranked second, procuring 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy, and Toronto-Dominion Bank ranked third with 94.4 percent of the company's electricity demand procured from renewables.

News Article - Kohl's, Intel Lead Vestas's Ranking of Renewable Energy Users

Contact: Alex Morales


February 2011 - Intel Corporation has nearly doubled its annual green power purchase to more than 2.5 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh), maintaining its spot at the top of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Partnership's Top 50 purchasers list. Kohl's Department Stores also increased its purchase to more than 1.4 billion kWh annually. Newcomers to the Top 50 list include Best Buy, Suffolk County, NY, and Drexel University.

Collectively, the top 50 largest purchases amount to more than 13.5 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 more than 19.2 billion kWh of green power annually.

News Release - EPA Partners Continue Large Green Power Purchases / One corporation nearly doubles its green power usage

Contact: Stacy Kika, 202-564-0906


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


January 2010 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership issued revised lists of its leading green power partners nationally. Kohl's increased its purchase by 160 percent, from 851 million kWh to 1.37 billion kWh, moving from the third-largest purchaser to the second-largest purchaser. Bank of New York Mellon also increased its purchase by 238 percent, from 96 million kWh to 229.5 million kWh, moving from 36th largest purchaser to the 17th largest purchaser.

BD, a global medical technology company, and Carnegie Mellon University both entered the EPA's National Top 50 list, purchasing approximately 101 million kWh and 86.8 million kWh, respectively.

EPA's Green Power Partnership works with more than 1,200 partner organizations that are collectively buying more than 18 billion kWh of green power annually.

News Release - Green Power Usage Edged Higher in 2009 among EPA Partners

Contact: Dave Ryan (news media only) 202-564-7827 or 202-564-4355


September 2009 - Twenty-six companies, organizations and individuals were recognized with national achievement awards at the Renewable Energy Markets 2009 Conference in Atlanta. 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 Deutsche Bank AG, Intel Corporation, Kohl’s Department Stores, and Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc., who were named Partners of the Year. 3Degrees and Bonneville Environmental Foundation were named Non-Utility Green Power Suppliers of the Year. Central Vermont Public Service Corporation, Madison Gas and Electric Company, and Puget Sound Energy won for Utility Green Power Programs of the Year. Ed Holt of Ed Holt & Associates, Inc. received the Green Power Pioneer Award.

News Release - DOE, EPA, and CRS Announce Green Power Leadership Awards

News Release - DOE Recognizes Green Power Network Leaders

More Information - 2008 Green Power Leadership Awards


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 2008 - Kohl’s Department Stores implements a diverse strategy for its U.S. operations, known as the "Kohl’s Green Scene." The strategy includes an annual renewable energy purchase of approximately 236 million kWh, making the retailer the 15th largest U.S. renewable energy purchaser, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Green Power Partnership program. In recognition of the purchase and Kohl’s other green initiatives, Kohl’s received an EPA Green Power Leadership award at the 2008 Renewable Energy Marketing Conference.

The purchase of RECs from various renewable energy sources represents about 20% of the company’s U.S. electricity use. Kohl’s REC suppliers include the City of Dover, Neuwing Energy Ventures, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Sterling Planet, and WM Renewable Energy.

Kohl’s other green initiatives feature on-site solar-powered energy generation either installed or planned for 130 stores in six states, with over 100 stores currently earning the EPA’s Energy Star label for superior energy efficiency and environmental performance. In addition, a total of 45 Kohl’s stores are expected to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2008. Other initiatives include the installation of automated demand response controls at store locations to reduce power usage during peak energy periods, high efficiency lighting retrofits, cardboard recycling, and efficient freight distribution, through which the company conducts more than 30% of its inbound transportation via rail.

News Article - Kohl’s Green Retail Efforts Worth Checking Out

Additional Information - Kohl’s Green Initiatives


July 2007 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership released an updated list of the nation's Top 25 green power purchasers. The new list ranks two of Pepsi's three independent bottlers — The Pepsi Bottling Group and PepsiAmericas — at the fourth and 13th positions, respectively, following on the heels of the nation's single largest annual green power purchase announced by PepsiCo in April. The total aggregate purchase of the three independent bottlers is nearly 629 million kWh per year.

Several companies also increased their annual purchases, including Kohl's Department Stores, now ranked eighth on the list with more than 200 million kWh of annual purchases, and Mohawk Fine Papers, which appears on the Top 25 list for the first time.

More Information - EPA Green Power Partnership Top 25 Purchasers List

News Release - EPA Recognizes Top 25 Green Power Purchasers; PepsiCo Bottlers Join List

News Article - Pepsi Bottlers to Buy Green Energy Vouchers

EPA Contact: James Critchfield, (202) 343-9442


January 2007 - Wells Fargo & Company took the top spot in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) list of the nation's "Top 25" green power purchasers with a commitment to 550 million kWh of annual renewable energy purchases, which represents 42% of the company's total electricity use. Newcomers to the list include Cisco Systems Inc. (at #11), New York University (#13), Carbonfund.org (#17), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (#18), and Kohl's Department Stores (#23).

The EPA Green Power Partnership is comprised of a diverse set of organizations including Fortune 500 companies, small and medium businesses, government institutions, and colleges and universities that had committed to a total of more than 7 billion kWh of annual renewable energy purchases at the end of 2006.

News Release - Private Sector Tops Green Power List

News Article - Wells Fargo tops U.S. buyers of green power: EPA

Additional Information - EPA Green Power Partnership Top 25 Partners


 

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