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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


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


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


July 2010 - The city of Santa Clara has secured the top spot in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Communities rankings with more than 163 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of the community's electricity usage coming from voluntary purchases of green power.

In 2009, businesses in Santa Clara purchased almost 38 million kWh of renewable energy certificates through Silicon Valley Power's Santa Clara Green Power program, which is jointly managed with 3Degrees. The program has a customer participation rate of eight percent, the sixth best customer participation rate in the country. The 4,000 residential participants in the Santa Clara program purchased the equivalent of over 25 million kWh of wind and solar. In addition, some Santa Clara businesses supported renewable energy by purchasing RECs from other vendors. Most notably, the nation's largest purchaser of renewable energy certificates (RECs) is Santa Clara based Intel, which purchased the equivalent of over 1.4 billion kWhs in 2009 for their national operations from a nation-wide supplier.

The other communities topping the EPA rankings include: Gresham, OR (126 million kWh and 12% participation), Corvallis, OR (100 million kWh, 15% participation), Bellingham, WA (92 million kWh, 13% participation), and Beaverton, OR (71 million kWh, 5% participation).

News Release - EPA Names Santa Clara The Top Green Power Community In The United States

News Article - Santa Clara top 'green' power community in U.S.

Additional Information - Green Power Communities

Contact: Carol McCarthy, 408-615-2213


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 - Intel expanded its annual green power usage by 10 percent, from approximately 1.3 billion kWh to more than 1.43 billion kWh in 2010, retaining its position as the largest purchaser of green power in EPA's Green Power Partnership. Intel's green power purchase will be Green-e certified.

The company also plans to develop eight new solar installations with a total capacity of approximately 2.5 megawatts (MW). The largest installation is planned as a 1 MW solar field in Folsom, California. The remaining installations will be rooftop installations on Intel's facilities.

News Release - Intel Plans Eight New Solar Installations in Four States

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

Contact: Marty Sedler, 480-715-0714


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


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 2008 - Twenty-five companies, organizations and individuals were recognized with national achievement awards at the 2008 National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference in Denver. 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 Community of Bellingham, Washington, Cisco Systems, Intel Corporation, University of Pennsylvania, and WhiteWave Foods Company, who were named Partner of the Year. The City of Palo Alto Utilities, 3Degrees Inc., and Sterling Planet were Suppliers of the Year and AmerenUE won for New Green Power Program. Dr. Jan Hamrin, founder of the Center for Resource Solutions, received the Green Power Pioneer Award.

News Release - Utility Suppliers Earn Nation’s Top Honors for Green Power Efforts

More Information - 2008 Green Power Leadership Awards


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


 

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