intel1Intel, Kohl’s, Whole Foods Market and Starbucks are just some of the organisations that are taking a lead in the green energy push by using renewable electricity to lower their carbon footprint, as the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership list of its top 50 partner entities reveals.

The EPA says Intel, which has almost doubled its annual green power usage to reach more than 2.5 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh), has achieved the largest green power purchase to date in the partnership, the equivalent to avoiding (CO2) emissions from the electricity use of more than 218,000 average American homes.

EPA’s Green Power Partnership works with more than 1,300 partner organisations to voluntarily purchase green power to reduce the environmental impacts of conventional electricity use. Green power is defined as having been generated from renewable resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, biomass, and low-impact hydropower.

The EPA says purchases of green power help accelerate the nation’s voluntary green power market and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful pollutants that threaten Americans’ health from the power sector.

Kohl’s, which comes in at second place on the top 50 list, joins Intel as the only two partners using more than 1 billion kWh of green power. Kohl’s has increased its green power purchase to more than 1.4 billion kWh of green power annually.

Both Kohl’s and Whole Foods Market now purchase 100pc of their electricity from green power sources.

In fourth place, Starbucks now purchases over 573,000 kWh of green power, or 55pc of its total electricity.

Meanwhile, Staples more than doubled its green power commitment and Sony Corporation of America nearly doubled its green power purchase.

Best Buy, Suffolk County, NY, and Drexel University have all made first-time appearances on the national top 50 list.

The top 50 green energy purchasers:

  1. Intel Corporation
  2. Kohl’s Department Stores
  3. Whole Foods Market
  4. Starbucks
  5. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  6. City of Houston, TX
  7. Johnson & Johnson
  8. Staples
  9. City of Dallas, TX
  10. HSBC North America
  11. Cisco Systems, Inc.
  12. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. / California and Texas Facilities
  13. US Environmental Protection Agency
  14. District of Columbia
  15. U.S. Air Force
  16. TD Bank, N.A.
  17. BNY Mellon
  18. City of Chicago, IL
  19. University of Pennsylvania
  20. BD
  21. U.S. Department of Energy
  22. Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  23. State of Illinois
  24. Deutsche Bank
  25. Pearson, Inc
  26. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  27. Sony Corporation of America
  28. Bloomberg LP
  29. Montgomery County Clean Energy Buyers Group
  30. Motorola, Inc
  31. Best Buy
  32. Suffolk County, NY
  33. Mohawk Fine Papers Inc.
  34. The World Bank Group
  35. Dell Inc
  36. Lowe’s
  37. Chicago Public Schools
  38. State of Connecticut
  39. Hilton Worldwide
  40. The Dannon Company, Inc.
  41. Lockheed Martin Corporation
  42. Safeway Inc
  43. State of Wisconsin
  44. Harris Bank
  45. Sprint Nextel
  46. Carnegie Mellon University
  47. ING
  48. Drexel University
  49. Pennsylvania State University
  50. Port of Portland

Collectively, these top 50 partner organisations are using more than 13.5 billion kWh of green power annually, equivalent to the CO2 produced from the electricity use of more than 1.1 million average American homes, says the EPA.

Speaking on Tuesday following the release of the EPA’s Green Power report, EPA administrator Lisa Jackson said that partners are tapping into America’s growing clean energy market and powering the economy of the future.

“Investments like these are smart for business, foster growth in the green energy sector and help protect our health through cleaner air.”