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EPA Recognizes Top 25 Green Power Purchasers; PepsiCo Bottlers Join List

Release Date: 07/30/2007
Contact Information: Contact: Dave Ryan, (202) 564-4355 / ryan.dave@epa.gov

(Washington, D.C. – July 30, 2007) EPA has updated its Top Green Power Purchasers list highlighting organizations committed to purchasing green power. The National Top 25 list of Green Power Partners accounts for more than 6 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year of green power purchasing, more than 60 percent of the total kWh in the Green Power Partnership; reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of more than 700,000 vehicles.

America is shifting to a 'green culture,' with more and more businesses understanding that environmental responsibility is everyone’s responsibility,” said Marcus Peacock, EPA’s Deputy Administrator. "EPA commends the leading Green Power Partners for making a long-term commitment to protecting the environment."

EPA’s National Top 25 list ranks two of Pepsi's three independent bottlers at fourth and 13th. Kohl’s Department Stores increased its green power purchases to raise its ranking to eighth nationally, and Mohawk Fine Papers places on the list at 22nd.

The Pepsi bottler purchase demonstrates that a group of companies, tied together by a supply chain, can help protect the environment by buying green power. The total aggregate purchase of the three independent bottlers is nearly 629 million kWh per year. Two of the three bottlers rank on EPA’s National Top 25 list, and all three found placement on EPA’s 100 percent Green Power Purchaser list, while one bottler also ranks among the more than 45 Fortune 500 corporations participating in EPA’s Fortune 500 challenge.

EPA's Green Power Partnership, launched in 2001 and works with more than 750 partner organizations that voluntarily buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use and to promote the development of new renewable generation resources nationwide. Overall, EPA Green Power Partners are buying more than 10 billion kWh of green power annually, an increase of nearly 163 percent since January 2006. Green power is generated from eligible renewable resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and biogas, as well as low-impact hydropower.

EPA updates its Top Partners lists quarterly. Below is the updated list of EPA's National Top 25 list, listed in descending order of purchase size as of July 2007.
Rank
Partner Organization
Green Power
(kilowatt – hours / year)
1.PepsiCo
1,105,045,154
2.Wells Fargo & Company
550,000,000
3.Whole Foods Market
509,104,786
4.The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc.
457,851,838
5.U.S. Air Force
457,500,000
6.Johnson & Johnson
400,702,978
7.U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
329,880,513
8.Kohl's Department Stores
201,396,000
9.Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts
196,003,000
10.Starbucks
185,000,000
11.DuPont Company
180,000,000
12.U.S. Department of Energy
157,964,000
13.PepsiAmericas, Inc.
157,062,875
14.Vail Resorts, Inc.
152,000,000
15.Cisco Systems, Inc.
128,204,000
16.HSBC North America
124,544,000
17.Staples
121,800,000
18.New York University
118,616,000
19.The World Bank Group
114,735,000
20.University of Pennsylvania
112,000,000
21.IBM Corporation
110,103,000
22.Mohawk Fine Papers Inc.
100,200,000
23.U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
90,000,000
24.NatureWorks LLC
89,000,000
25.Sprint Nextel
87,600,000

For more on EPA's Green Power Partnership, please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower

To view the National Top 25 list, visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/partners/top25.htm

To view the 100% Green Power Purchaser list, visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/partners/partner100.htm

For more on EPA’s Fortune 500 Green Power Challenge, visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/partners/fortune500.htm