EPA's Green Power Partnership list of the Top 100 organizations that are choosing to use electricity from clean, renewable sources like wind and solar power shows that tech firms are leading the charge. The top 10 partners appearing on the Top 100 list include:
- Intel Corporation (Santa Clara, Calif.)
- Kohl’s Department Stores (Menomonee Falls, Wis.)
- Microsoft Corporation (Redmond, Wash.)
- Whole Foods Market (Austin, Texas)
- Google Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.)
- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Bentonville, Ark.)
- Staples (Framingham, Mass.)
- Apple Inc. (Cupertino, Calif.)
- City of Houston, Texas
- U.S. Department of Energy (Washington, D.C.)
“By using green power, these companies and organizations are showing that business can flourish while taking meaningful steps to reduce carbon pollution,” said Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator. “Making cleaner choices to power our communities, institutions and businesses reduces the pollution that contributes to climate change, protects America's health and environment, and supports continued growth in the green power sector."
Intel Corporation continues its seven-year run as the nation’s largest voluntary user of green power, meeting 100 per cent of its electricity load with renewable resources. Meanwhile, Apple increased its annual green power use by nearly 100 million kilowatt-hours (kWh), moving from No. 11 to No. 8 on the list. In total, the combined green power usage of these Top 100 Partners amounts to nearly 24 billion kWh annually, which represents close to 83 per cent of the green power commitments made by all EPA Green Power Partners.