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EPA Says Intel, Microsoft, Top the List of Green Power Users

May 15, 2013
EPA’s Green Power Partnership released an updated list of the Top 50 organizations that are choosing to use electricity from clean, renewable sources.

Intel Corp. continues to top the list of U.S. organizations using the most green power. The company uses green power to cover 100 percent of its electricity load. Microsoft Corp. moved into second place by increasing its green power use to more than 1.9 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually. Apple Inc., new to the Top 50 list, ranks number 10 with 85 percent of its nationwide electricity now coming from green power.

“We applaud the leadership demonstrated by organizations that are helping reduce carbon pollution and spur the growth of clean, American-made energy sources by increasing their use of renewable energy,” said EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe. “As President Obama has made clear, clean energy is critical to our health, our economy, our security and our ability to effectively address climate change.”

The top 10 partners appearing on the Top 50 list include:

  1. Intel Corp.
  2. Microsoft Corp.
  3. Kohl’s Department Stores
  4. Whole Foods Market
  5. Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
  6. U.S. Department of Energy
  7. Staples
  8. Starbucks Company-Owned Stores
  9. Lockheed Martin Corp.
  10. Apple Inc.

For the first time, EPA also released a list of partners that have committed to purchasing green power for a period of 5 years or more. According to EPA, these organizations “send a strong signal to renewable energy developers, stating that they are committed to green power for the long-term and are helping to reduce future greenhouse gas emissions.”

Among the partners with the longest-running contracts are the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Ohio State University, Iowa State University and the University of Maryland. Of the 47 partners appearing on the list, 15 are higher education institutions.

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