Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Top Companies Go for Alternative Energy

The 2006 Top 25 green power purchasers are buying enough energy to power more than 300,000 homes a year, which is also comparable to removing the emissions of nearly 400,000 cars from the road annually. More than half of the Top 25 green power purchasers are comprised of U.S. corporations, a number that continues to increase every year.

The U.S. Air Force leads the green power Top 25 list, purchasing more than 1 million Megawatts annually for Air Force bases across the country. The Air Force has held the No. 1 spot since the Top 25 list started in September 2004. Whole Foods Market surpassed both Safeway, Inc., and Johnson & Johnson to lead all corporate purchasers after increasing their purchase to more than 450 thousand MWh annually. EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy follow the U.S. Air Force in purchase size for government institutions in the Top 25.

Green power is electricity generated from solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, and low-impact biomass and hydro resources. Green power accounts for nearly two percent of America's electricity supply, but voluntary purchasing of renewable energy is accelerating renewable energy development.

The Top 25, listed in order of purchase size:

U.S. Air Force, Whole Foods Market, Environmental Protection Agency, Johnson & Johnson, U.S Department of Energy, Starbucks, The World Bank, Safeway, Inc.,
U.S. General Services Administration, HSBC North America, City of San Diego, New Jersey Consolidated Energy Savings Program, Advanced Micro Devices/Austin, Texas Facilities, WhiteWave Foods, Staples, Austin (Texas) Independent School District, Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc., The Tower Companies, FedEx Kinko's, U.S. Amry/Fort Carson, University of Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Md., Hyatt Regency, Western Washington University, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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Dyre42 said...

The IMF signed up for 100% renewable energy as well but they may have been a little late to make the list.

Jerome Alicki said...


This top 25 list refers only to United States organizations that are part of the US Environmental Protection Agency's green energy partnership program. There was actually a press release from the EPA on Thursday. There are many other organizations around the world that are doing far in moving toward alternative energy than we are in here in the U.S. For example, the Canadian multi-gigawatt wind project in Labrador that will be able to power a large section of Eastern Canada.