U.S. Air Force tops EPA’s list of renewable
Green Power purchases increased by nearly 100 percent since
DC— The 2006 Green Power Top 25 list includes a diverse
set of United States companies, organizations and government institutions
that have voluntarily bought the most renewable energy and are
part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green
Power Partnership. EPA also announced its Green Power Partners
are now purchasing more than 4 million megawatt hours of renewable
energy, an increase of nearly 100 percent since the end of 2004.
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 EPA
green power purchasers are comprised of corporations, a number
that continues to increase every year.
The U.S. Air Force once again
leads the green power list, purchasing more than one million MWh
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 of renewable
energy. EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy follow the U.S.
Air Force in purchase size for government institutions in the
Green power is electricity generated
from environmentally-preferable renewable resources such as 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.