Intel Corporation continues to top the EPA’s Green Power Partnership list of top users of renewable electricity, while Microsoft has moved into second place.
Intel uses green power to cover 100 percent of its electricity load, some 3.1 million MWh a year. Microsoft Corporation moved into second place by increasing its green power use to more that 1.9 million MWh a year, or 80 percent of its power.
Apple, which is new to the top 50 list, ranks at number 10 with 537 million kWh a year, or 85 percent of its nationwide electricity, now coming from green power.
Representatives of the retail sector Kohl’s Department Stores, Whole Foods Market and Walmart rank third, fourth and fifth. Kohl’s and Whole Foods purchase more green electricity than they use. The retailers purchase 105 percent and 107 percent of their energy use from green sources respectively.
Walmart buys 751 million kWh of green power a year, but due to the scale of the organization this accounts for just 4 percent of its electricity use. The retail giant announced earlier this month that it intends to increase its use of renewables by 600 percent over 2010 levels by 2020. This would equate to using 7 billion kWh by 2020. Walmart is also aiming to reduce the kWh per square foot energy intensity required to power Walmart’s buildings globally by 20 percent by 2020 compared to 2010 levels.
For the first time, the EPA has released a list of partners that have committed to purchasing green power for a period of five years or more. The agency says that these organizations send a strong signal to renewable energy developers, stating that they are committed to green power for the long-term and are helping to reduce future greenhouse gas emissions. 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.