The USA’s Biggest Green Electricity Users

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated its Top 50 Green Power Partnership rankings, with Microsoft entering the top 5 and McDonald’s USA also making its debut appearance on the Top 50 list.
 
During the previous reporting update, Intel was sourcing 88% of its electricity from green sources including power purchase agreements with wind and solar farms, plus through its own on-site generation; a percentage that remains unchanged.
 
Kohl’s Department Stores remains at no.2, but Walmart has lost its no 3. rank to Microsoft. The software company sourced 1,120,000,000 kilowatt-hours of green electricity from from biomass, small-hydro and wind power during the most recent reporting period.

McDonald’s USA LLC, ranked at no.11, sourced 306,000,000 kilowatt-hours from wind power during the reporting period.
 
Of the top 10, three participating partners are now sourcing 100% of their electricity from green power – Kohl’s Department Stores, Whole Foods Market and City of Austin, TX.
 
Collectively, the Top 50 partners are consuming more than 15 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green electricity each year and avoiding carbon emissions equivalent to the amount produced by more than 1.3 million American households.
 
Top 10 Rankings summary:
 
1. Intel Corporation – 2,502,052,000 kWh –  On-site Generation Biomass, Geothermal, Small-hydro, Solar, Wind
 
2. Kohl’s Department Stores – 1,524,656,000 kWh – On-site Generation Solar, Wind
 
3. Microsoft Corporation – 1,120,000,000 kWh – Biomass, Small-hydro, Wind
 
4. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Cali/TX) – 872,382,088 kWh – On-site Generation Biogas, Solar, Wind
 
5. Whole Foods Market – 800,257,623 kWh – On-site Generation Solar, Wind
 
6. Staples – 516,713,408 78%  – Biogas, Solar, Wind
 
7. City of Houston, TX – 438,000,000 35% – Wind
 
8. Starbucks – 421,535,000 kWh – Biogas, Geothermal, Small-hydro, Wind
 
9. City of Austin, TX – 406,000,000 – Wind
 
10. Hilton Worldwide – 315,000,000 -Various
  
“We applaud all of our Green Power Partners for their use of clean, renewable energy. For the first time, each of the Top 50 partners is using more than 100 million kilowatt-hours of green power annually,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.
 
The full and latest EPA Green Power Partnership National Top 50 can be viewed here.