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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.

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June 2013 - The City of Houston, Texas, recently purchased over 623,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of Green-e Energy certified renewable energy certificates (RECs), accounting for half of its annual power use. With this purchase the City remains one of the largest municipal purchasers of green power in the country. The City is buying the power from Reliant Energy under a two-year agreement for $2 million, which adds less than 1.0¢ per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to the City's power price.

Press Release - City of Houston Increases Renewable Energy Purchase


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


February 2008 - Two Texas cities—Dallas and Houston—are now the top municipal purchasers of green power in the nation. Recently, the City of Dallas announced that it will purchase nearly 334 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power in 2008, which is equivalent to 40% of its purchased electricity use.

Houston has contracted for nearly 263 million kWh of wind energy for its municipal operations, which represents about 20% of its total purchased electricity. The wind energy purchase has resulted in significant cost savings to date. The city's comprehensive renewable energy plan calls for the use of fixed-price renewable power to offset the rising cost of conventional energy and diversify its power portfolio. To meet that objective, Houston has established a target of procuring 438 million kWh of renewable energy, or the equivalent of one-third of the total annual operating load.

News Release - EPA Recognizes City of Dallas For Leading Green Power Purchase: City Ranks #1 Among All Local Governments (PDF 44 KB) Download Adobe Acrobat

News Release - EPA Recognizes Houston Among the Nation's Leading Green Power Purchasers

News Release -
Dallas, Houston Make List of Top Green Power Purchasers


January 2008 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership issued revised lists of its leading green power partners nationally. Intel Corporation vaulted to the head of the National Top 25 list by committing to purchase 1.3 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy certificates annually. The U.S. Air Force climbed back to 3rd place after more than doubling its annual green power purchases to nearly 900 million kWh per year. In addition, HSBC North America jumped to the 10th spot by more than doubling its green power purchase to 300 million kWh per year. New to the National Top 25 list are two Texas cities—the City of Dallas (#9) and the City of Houston (#12), which are now the leading local government purchasers in EPA's program.

EPA also announced that fifty-three Fortune 500 companies are collectively purchasing more than 6 billion kWh of green power annually, surpassing the agency's challenge to double the size of their combined purchases. In December 2006, the EPA set a goal for Fortune 500 companies to exceed 5 billion kWh of green power purchases by the end of 2007.

EPA's Green Power Partnership works with more than 850 partner organizations that are collectively buying more than 13 billion kWh of green power annually.

News Release - Fifty-three Fortune 500 Corporations Surpass EPA Green Power Goals; Intel Corporation Leads Nation as New No. 1 Purchaser


August 2007 - The Houston City Council approved an amendment to the city's electric supply agreement that will allow the city to contract to receive up to 50 MW of wind energy, which would supply about one-third of the 1.3 billion kWh of electricity required annually to power city buildings, street lights and municipal water plants. The deal structure, which allows the city to lock in a five-year fixed price for the wind power, will enable the city to diversify its fuel sources from fossil fuels, remove volatility from the city's electricity budget, and receive renewable energy credits. The wind energy will come from the Lone Star Wind Farm under a supply arrangement with Reliant Energy.


 

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