Industry News | April 24, 2012

McDonald’s Debuts on EPA’s List of Top Green Partners

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an updated list of the Top 50 Green Power Partnership organizations voluntarily using clean, renewable electricity from resources such as solar, wind, and low-impact hydropower.

Intel Corporation tops the list as the largest single user of green power, followed by Kohl’s Department Stores and Microsoft Corporation.

Combined, the Top 50 partners are using more than 15 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually. Through their use of green power, these top organizations are avoiding carbon pollution equal to that created by the electricity use of more than 1.3 million American homes each year.

EPA’s Green Power Partnership works with more than 1,300 partner organizations, more than half of which are small businesses and nonprofit organizations, to voluntarily use green power. Green power resources produce electricity with an environmental profile superior to conventional power technologies, and produce significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

“We applaud all of our Green Power Partners for their use of clean, renewable energy,” says EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson.

“For the first time, each of the Top 50 partners is using more than 100 million kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Their actions help to reduce harmful carbon pollution that threatens the health of our planet and the air we breathe, and mark another step toward a new era of clean, innovative American energy.”

Intel has ranked No. 1 on the list since 2008 and uses more than 2.5 billion kWh annually, or 88 percent of the company’s nationwide electricity use. Microsoft, which holds the No. 1, and McDonald’s USA LLC, which ranks No. 11, are new to the list.

The Green Power Partnership also updated the rankings of the 100 Percent Green Power Users list, which highlights close to 700 partners using green power for their entire electricity load, as well as its Top 20 Retailers and Top 20 Local Governments lists.

Kohl’s ranks No. 1 on both the Top 20 Retailers and 100 Percent Green Power Users lists, while the City of Houston ranks No. 1 on the Top 20 Local Governments list.

More on the Top 50 list and other rankings: More on EPA’s Green Power Partnership: