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EPA Lists Its Top 50 Green Power Purchasers

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Energy, Environment

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Published on August 04, 2010 with No Comments

The U.S. EPA has named the 50 organizations in its Green Power Partnership (GPP) program that are using the most renewable electricity. EPA’s GPP works with more than 1,200 partner organizations to voluntarily purchase green power to reduce the environmental impacts of conventional electricity use.

The GPP’s top purchasers use more than 12 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of green power annually, equivalent to the annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the electricity use of more than one million average American homes. Green Power helps to prevent emissions from conventional power sources that are linked to air pollution and climate change.

The Top 10

  • Intel Corporation
  • Kohl’s Department Stores
  • Whole Foods Market
  • City of Houston
  • Dell Inc.
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Air Force
  • City of Dallas

Green power is generated from renewable resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, biogas, and low impact hydropower. Purchases of green power also help accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide.

Intel Corporation remains the partnership’s largest single purchaser of green power, using more than 1.4 billion kWh, equivalent to the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of nearly 125,000 average American homes.

Appearing on the Top 50 list for the first time this year:

  • Washington, DC (#14)
  • TD Bank, N.A. (#15)
  • State of Illinois #23)
  • Pearson, Inc. (#27)
  • Chicago Public Schools (#35)
  • Harris N.A. (#42)

Other companies on the list include:

  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation (#22)
  • Motorola (#31)
  • Herman Miller (#48)

About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at

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