Which Big Energy Users Are Getting Power From Green Sources?

April 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Companies know that green power isn’t just good for the environment, it’s good marketing. Last week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency posted its National Top 100 list, which ranks the largest green-power users within its Green Power Partnership.

The partnership is a voluntary EPA program that requires partners with annual electricity usage of more than 100 million kWh to get at least 3% of that power from green sources. Organizations that use less energy are required to have a higher percentage. For example, a company that uses  less than one million kWh would need to have 20% of it come from green power, which is defined in the program as energy generated from solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, biomass and low-impact hydroelectric sources.

Organizations can claim green energy usage in three ways: on-site generation of renewables, green power from a utility company, or Renewable Energy Certificates, which essentially show the organization paid to offset its traditional energy use with clean-energy investments.

According to the EPA, most (75%) of the green power that its partners use comes in the form of these RECs, 20% are from green utility products and 5% comes from renewable power generated on site — as is the case with Walmart uses just 3% green energy — the minimum requirement for the Green Power Partnership — but ranks high on the list for the sheer amount of energy the corporation consumed. The company gets some 650 million kWh of its power from green sources, but its total use is more than 20 billion kWh of energy a year.

Currently 1,335 partners use a combined 28 billion kWh of green power annually. Their electricity usage is self-reported.

Below are the top 15 green energy users whose energy comes 100% or more (partners can choose to purchase more green power than they use) from green sources.

For more, check out our full, sortable list of organizations that made the National 100 list.

*percentages over 100 represent organizations that purchase more green power than they use

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