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The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership has released its latest ranking of top green power purchasers. The Top Partner Rankings highlight the annual green power purchases of leading organizations within the United States and across individual industry sectors. In the retail arena, Whole Foods ranked as the No. 1 green power purchaser in the Top 20 list.
The green power purchases help reduce the environmental impacts of electricity use and support the development of new renewable generation capacity nationwide. Purchase amounts reflect U.S. operations only and are sourced from U.S.-based green power resources. Organizations can meet EPA purchase requirements using any combination of three product options: (1) renewable energy certificates, (2) on-site generation and (3) utility green power products. Purchase figures are based on annualized partner contract amounts (kilowatt-hours), not calendar year totals, and the rankings are updated on a quarterly schedule.
Other high-ranking green power purchasers in the retail industry include Safeway, Wal-Mart, Kohl’s, Starbucks, Staples, Lowe’s and REI.