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
October 2010 - Drexel University has agreed to purchase more than 84 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of wind power, enough to meet 100 percent of its electricity needs. Community Energy will supply the renewable energy certificates. The university first began purchasing renewable energy in 2002 and has steadily increased its purchase size over time.
News Release - Drexel University Commits to 100 Percent Clean, Renewable Wind Energy
Contact: Niki Gianakaris, 215-895-6741
April 2005 - The Pennsylvania Consortium for Interdisciplinary Environmental Policy (PCIEP), in partnership with wind energy marketer Community Energy, Inc. (CEI), announced that nine Pennsylvania-based colleges and universities have increased their wind energy purchase commitments. To date, 34 PCIEP members are collectively purchasing 92.2 million kWh of wind energy, which constitutes the largest non-governmental aggregated commitment to wind power in the United States.
Schools that have recently increased their purchases as part of the Consortium's "Getting to 10% Wind" campaign include: Eastern University, which now purchases wind energy equivalent to 32% of its electricity usage, Dickinson College (12%), the University of Pennsylvania (10%), Juniata College (10%), Allegheny College (10%), Chatham College (10%), Duquesne University (10%), Keystone College (10%), and Mercyhurst College (10%).
Other schools purchasing wind energy include Drexel University (8%), Franklin & Marshall College (7%), Carnegie Mellon University (6%), Gettysburg College (5%), and Penn State University (5%).
News Release - Pennsylvania Colleges & Universities Increase Wind Energy Commitment
CEI Contact: John Halley (312) 296-4199
PA DEP Contact: Kurt Knauss (717) 787-1323
July 2002 - Under an agreement reached with Community Energy, a Pennsylvania-based green power marketer, Drexel University will purchase wind energy to meet nearly 10% of its electricity needs. The wind purchase amounts to about 4 million kWh per year or the output equivalent of a single 1.3-MW wind turbine. The wind energy will be supplied from the new 60-MW Pocono Wind Farm, which is under construction near Scranton, PA. Currently, more than 25 Pennsylvania colleges and universities are purchasing wind power.
News Release - Drexel University to Utilize Wind Energy for Nearly 10 Percent of Its Electricity
Drexel University Contact: Kevin C. Kaufman (215) 895-2705
Community Energy Contact: John Halley or Paul Kopelman (610) 254-9800