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Large Purchasers of Green Power


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

November 2011 - SunEdison and Staples have achieved more than 30 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity produced through solar installations on Staples' properties. The solar hosting program between Staples and SunEdison began in 2005 and now includes installations on 33 Staples sites in California, Connecticut, Maryland, and New Jersey. The generated solar power is used across Staples' facilities, including retail stores, delivery fulfillment centers, customer service call centers and sales offices.

The solar hosting program is made possible through 20-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) between Staples and SunEdison. SunEdison finances, owns and maintains the solar installations at Staples' facilities. Staples purchases the solar generated electricity at fixed prices that are at or below market rates.

News Release - SunEdison, Staples Reach Solar Energy Production Milestone

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

January 2010 - Staples, the office products company, unveiled a 1.01 megawatt solar power installation in Maryland at its 200,200 square foot fulfillment center in Hanover. The photovoltaic system will generate approximately 1.2 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year, and 21 million kWh during the initial 20 years of the project. The solar installation was financed, built and maintained under a power purchase agreement (PPA) with SunEdison.

Under the PPA, Staples will purchase the electricity produced for the term of the contract and host the system, but the resulting renewable energy certificates (RECs) will be owned by an undisclosed third-party.

News Release - Maryland's Largest Single Rooftop Solar Power Installation Unveiled at Staples Fulfillment Center in Hanover

Staples Contact: Mark Crowley, 508-253-0767
SunEdison Contact: Brad Oswald, 443-909-7200

November 2008 - Staples, the office products company, has expanded its annual green power purchase to about 127 million kWh, which is 21% of its estimated electricity usage, making Staples the 26th largest green power purchaser in the nation. The majority of Staples’ green power purchase consists of renewable energy certificates (RECs) purchased from 3Degrees Inc., but in some areas the company also purchases bundled green energy from utilities serving regions where stores are located.

In addition to its green energy purchase, Staples also has fourteen on-site roof-top solar power systems at retail stores and distribution centers in the U.S., with a total capacity of 2.9 megawatts. Staples has a corporate goal of reaching a 7% reduction in its U.S. carbon emissions by 2010 on an absolute basis, starting from a base year of 2001. The company’s multi-faceted environmental plan incorporates its EcoEasy program, providing customers with identified eco-friendly products and technology recycling at its 1,400 retail outlets in the U.S.

News Release - New England Fortune 500 Companies Recognized for Green Power Purchases


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