The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership has released an updated list of the Top 50 organizations that are choosing to use electricity from renewable sources such as solar.
Intel Corp. continues to top the list, using green power to cover 100% of its electricity load. Microsoft Corp. moved into second place by increasing its green power use to more than 1.9 billion kWh annually. Apple Inc., new to the Top 50 list, ranks number 10 with 85% of its nationwide electricity now coming from green power.
The top 10 partners appearing on the Top 50 list include the following companies and agencies:
1. Intel Corp.
2. Microsoft Corp.
3. Kohl's Department Stores
4. Whole Foods Market
5. Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
6. U.S. Department of Energy
8. Starbucks company-owned stores
9. Lockheed Martin Corp.
10. Apple Inc.
For the first time, the EPA also released a list of partners that have committed to purchasing green power for a period of five years or more. These organizations send a strong signal to renewable energy developers, stating that they are committed to green power for the long term, according to the EPA.
Among the partners with the longest-running contracts are the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, The Ohio State University, Iowa State University and the University of Maryland. Of the 47 partners appearing on the list, 15 are higher education institutions.
In all, as part of the EPA's Green Power Partnership, more than 1,400 organizations are purchasing more than 27 billion kWh of green power annually.