Intel, Microsoft, Kohl's hold steady as top green power users - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Industrial, Sourcing Renewables  -  October 25, 2016

Starbucks moves higher in EPA green power ranks

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership on Oct. 24 released updates to its Top Partner Rankings, which highlight organizations that are choosing to use electricity from clean, renewable sources.

On its list of top 100 national partners, which is updated quarterly, the Green Power Partnership noted the debut of one new corporate partner this quarterDigital Realty, which ranked 18th. The company just recently signed an agreement for 400,000 MWh of the electric generation from a Texas wind project. 

Among corporate movers and shakers, Swedish clothing retailer Hennes & Mauritz AB d/b/a H&M and Texas-based cloud computing company Rackspace Inc. each ratcheted up their green power use and moved up the list.

The top three partners remained in their places from the previous quarter, with Intel Corp. coming in first for the third-consecutive quarter. Microsoft Corp. again ranked second, followed by Kohl's Department Stores, which joined Intel and Microsoft in having its green power usage top 100% of its total electricity use, according to the EPA's data. 

Starbucks Corp. broke into the top five for the first time in recent quarters, ranking at number four, followed by Houston, Texas. Apple Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc., and the U.S. Department of Energy rounded out the top ten list of green power energy users.

Usage amounts reflect U.S. operations only and are sourced from U.S.-based green power resources. Organizations can meet EPA Partnership requirements using any combination of three different product options: renewable energy certificates; on-site generation; and utility green power products.

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