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Large Purchasers of Green Power

District of Columbia

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 - Washington D.C. has announced that in 2012 the city will purchase renewable energy certificates (RECs) to equal 100 percent of the city's electricity demand. In 2009, the city purchased 534,000 megawatt-hours to account for 50 percent of the city's electrical demand, and the increased purchase in 2012 marks the first time the city has been powered by 100 percent renewable electricity. In addition, the contract price for the procurement of RECs in the latest agreement represents a 43 percent discount over the 2011 REC price per unit.

News Release - DC Government Increases Proportion of Green Electricity to 100 Percent of Purchases & Wins EPA Award

Additional Information - Washington D.C. Recognized as Leading U.S. Green Power Community

September 2011 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the communities of Brookeville (MD) and Washington, D.C. as winners of the first Green Power Community Challenge. The year-long challenge encouraged communities across the U.S. to voluntarily increase their use of Green Power generated from renewable resources.

Washington, D.C. won the title for the largest amount of annual green power usage. District of Columbia residents, businesses, and District Government are collectively using more than 772 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power each year, enough to meet 8% of the community's total electricity use. Brookeville (MD) won for the highest green power percentage of electricity use (45%).

Separately from EPA's Green Power Community Challenge, the City of Austin (TX) municipal government announced that it is switching to 100% green power on October 1st, 2011. The 400 million kWh purchase makes the City of Austin the second largest local government purchaser of green power in the U.S., behind the City of Houston, and the largest local government purchasing 100% of its total electricity use from green power. The purchase will be through Austin Energy's Green Choice program. Renewable energy for the program will be produced at a wind farm in West Texas.

News Release - City of Austin largest local government in U.S. to go 100% Green Powered

News Release - EPA Announces Winners of First-Ever Green Power Community Challenge

Additional Information - EPA Green Power Partnership

March 2011 - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Washington D.C. as the nation's leading Green Power Community for collectively purchasing nearly 756 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, over 8 percent of the community's total electricity use. The combined green power purchasing by residents and organizations within the District is enough electricity to power 65,000 average U.S. homes for a year.

District leaders initiated a Green Power Challenge to increase citywide green power purchases by 33 percent before August 31, 2011. If the challenge is successful, the District's green power purchases will exceed 1 billion kWh annually and equal approximately 10 percent of the community's total electricity use.

News Release - U.S. EPA to Recognize Washington DC as the Nation's Leading Green Power Community

Additional Information - Green Energy DC

Additional Information - Green Power Community Challenge Rankings

Contact - Melissa Donnelly, 202-343-9546


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