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EPA updates list of top 20 on-site green energy users

July 28th, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports

Kimberly-Clark, the Dallas-based health and hygiene company, is the largest on-site user of alternative, green power, according to the latest statistics from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA’s Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that supports the organizational procurement of green power by offering expert advice, technical support, tools and resources. The EPA program works with a wide variety of leading organizations — from Fortune 500 companies to local, state and federal governments, and a growing number of colleges and universities.

The EPA credits these green power purchases for helping to reduce the environmental impacts of electricity use and support the development of new renewable generation capacity nationwide. The combined on-site green power consumption of these organizations amounts to more than 736 million kilowatt-hours of green power annually, which is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power more than 61,000 average American homes each year.

The following Top Partner Rankings highlight the annual green power purchases of leading organizations within the United States and across individual industry sectors. 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 different product options: renewable energy certificates, on-site generation, and utility green power products.

Purchase figures are based on annualized partner contract amounts (kilowatt-hours), not calendar year totals:


Annual On-site Green Power Usage (kWh) On-site % of total Electricity Use* On-site Resources Additional Purchased Green Power (kWh)
1. Kimberly-Clark Corporation
192,730,000 7% Biomass 0
2. Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts
171,144,000 54% Biogas 0
3. City of San Diego, CA
69,043,000 27% Biogas, Small-hydro, Solar 0
4. San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant
52,769,440 56% Biogas 0
5. CalPortland
50,000,000 11% Wind 0
6. Nassau County, NY
29,121,457 15% Biogas 0
7. BMW Manufacturing Co. / Greer, SC Facilities
27,831,000 19% Biogas 0
8. City of San Francisco, CA
25,033,977 3% Biogas, Solar 0
9. Kohl’s Department Stores
19,126,000 2% Solar 581,864,000
10. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. / California and Texas Facilities
17,000,000 1% Solar 226,328,000
11. City of Portland, OR
15,521,660 9% Biogas, Small-hydro, Solar, Wind 0
12. Johnson & Johnson
11,626,910 1% Biogas, Solar 374,828,801
13. U.S. Air Force
10,484,000 <1% Biogas, Solar, Wind 415,790,291
14. Macy’s Inc. / California and Hawaii Stores
10,400,000 3% Solar 0
15. University of Iowa
8,992,636 3% Biomass 0
16. City of Ann Arbor, MI
8,874,000 20% Biogas, Small-hydro, Solar 0
17. Safeway Inc.
4,500,000 <1% Solar 90,000,000
18. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
4,203,840 38% Biogas, Solar 0
19. City of Gresham, OR
3,999,916 28% Biogas 1,874,538
20. Alameda County, CA / GSA Facilities
3,829,789 7% Solar 1,677,242

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