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November 2006

EPA publishes list of top 25 green power partners

Wells Fargo & Company joined EPA’s top-25 green power purchasers as the top corporation on the list, edging out other big corporate names such as Whole Foods, Johnson & Johnson, and Starbucks. EPA announced its quarterly list of organizations that purchase electricity generated from clean, renewable resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, biomass and low-impact hydro.

EPA’s Green Power Partnership is comprised of a diverse array of organizations that voluntarily purchase green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use.

—Source:  US Environmental Protection Agency

Current Green Power Partners are purchasing more than 7 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of renewable energy, an increase of nearly 240 percent since the end of 2004. This amount of kilowatt hours is equivalent to the energy needed to power more than half-a-million average American homes annually.

Green power currently accounts for nearly two percent of America’s electricity supply. Voluntary purchases play an important role in accelerating the development of new renewable energy sources nationwide.

Once again, the United States Air Force leads the national green power top 25 list, purchasing more than 1 billion kWh annually for Air Force bases across the country. Whole Foods Market is ranked No. 3 behind newcomer Wells Fargo. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is ranked No. 4, with Johnson & Johnson rounding out the top five.

New to the top 25 list is the No. 2 purchaser, Wells Fargo & Company, making it the largest United States corporate purchaser of green power. Over the next three years, Wells Fargo will purchase 550 million kWh of clean, renewable energy, an amount that totals nearly 40 percent of Wells Fargo’s electricity use. This purchase alone will prevent the emissions of more than 380,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year – the equivalent of carbon dioxide emissions from more than 75,000 cars.

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