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Large Purchasers of Green Power


June 2010 - After three years being one of the largest corporate purchasers of renewable energy, PepsiCo did not renew its 3-year contract for 1.2 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually from Sterling Planet. Citing technology advancements and changes in incentives, PepsiCo decided to drop its primary renewable energy certificate (REC) purchase and will instead invest over $30 million dollars toward new renewable energy projects in the U.S. over the next three years. PepsiCo currently generates 159 million kWh of renewable energy annually. The company may continue to purchase a limited number RECs, for example, for LEED certification purposes.

News Article - PepsiCo Drops RECs in Favor of $30M in On-site Generation

Additional Information - 2009 PepsiCo Annual Environmental Sustainability

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

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

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

February 2009 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership issued revised lists of its leading green power partners nationally. For a second year, Intel Corporation remained at the top of the National Top 50 list while PepsiCo retained its position as the second largest purchaser. Dell Inc. climbed to third place with its annual green power purchases of more than 550 million kWh per year to meet 158% of its annual electricity demand. While a number of companies increased or decreased their annual purchase amounts, Kimberly-Clark Corp. vaulted onto the Top 50 list, jumping to the 15th spot with its use of an on-site biomass cogeneration boiler that generates 223 million kWh annually with wood waste. Also new to the list was Bloomberg L.D. with its purchase of 116.8 million kWh of green power, the equivalent of 50% of its electricity demand.

EPA’s Green Power Partnership works with more than 1000 partner organizations that are collectively buying more than 16 billion kWh of green power annually.

News Release - EPA Green Power Partnership’s National Top 50 Partners

News Release - Kimberly-Clark Corporation Ranks No. 9 On EPA’s Fortune 500 Green Power List

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)

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

April 2007 - PepsiCo, one of the world's largest food and beverage companies, announced that it will purchase enough Green-e certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) to match the purchased electricity used by all PepsiCo U.S.-based manufacturing facilities, headquarters, distribution centers and regional offices. The three-year purchase totals more than one billion kWh annually, making PepsiCo the nation's largest corporate purchaser of RECs, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership. The RECs are being supplied by Sterling Planet, which will seek to source the RECs to model PepsiCo's purchased electricity use geographically.

News Release - Pepsico Makes Largest Corporate Purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates

News Release - EPA Recognizes Largest-Ever Corporate Green Power Purchase

News Article - PepsiCo Takes Top Spot in Global Warming Battle

Additional Information - U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership's Top 25 Partners


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