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Find out Which Businesses, Cities and Universities Use 100 Percent Green Energy

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Find out Which Businesses, Cities and Universities Use 100 Percent Green Energy

More and more businesses, municipalities and universities are promoting themselves as efficient, but only a select few can honestly say they use 100 percent clean energy.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) celebrated those green energy consumers yesterday by releasing its 100% Green Power Users list. The list is comprised of organizations in the agency's Green Power Partnership (GPP), which includes more than 1,500 organizations that collectively use more than 28 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of green power each year. The GPP includes some of the cities Americans live in, stores where they shop, governmental entities they rely on and colleges they might send their children to.

The 966 partners that made the 100% Green Power Users list account for 11.5 billion kWh, according to the EPA. Since all of the users power their structures with 100 percent renewable energy—some exceed that mark through a combination of renewable energy certificates (RECs) and on-site installations—they are only ranked by annual usage.

Here are the top 10 power users:

Click the image for the full list of 100% Green Power Users. Table credit: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Intel Corp. has 7,000 kilowatts of installed solar capacity. The company's green power purchasing has the equivalent environmental impact of taking more than 455,000 passenger cars off the road each year or avoiding the amount of electricity it would take to power more than 327,000 average U.S. homes each year, according to the EPA.

"Our renewable purchase is just one part of a multi-faceted approach to protect the environment, and one that we hope spurs additional development and demand for renewable energy," said Marty Sedler, Intel's director of global utilities and infrastructure.

The EPA yesterday also issued its ranking of the top 30 on-site generators of green power. Usage figures are based on annualized GPP member contract amounts in kilowatts, not calendar year totals. The rankings are updated each quarter.

The top 10 on-site renewable energy generators. Click on the image to view the full ranking. Chart credit: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Combined, the partners' on-site green power consumption totals nearly 860 million kWh of clean energy per year—an amount the EPA says is equivalent to evading the carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of more than 91,000 average U.S. homes each year.

Energy users can meet GPP requirements using any combination of three criteria: RECs, on-site generation and utility green power products.

Visit EcoWatch’s RENEWABLES page for more related news on this topic.

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