Top 20 Organizations Running on Their Own Green Power

BMW's manufacturing plant in South Carolina
BMW’s plant in South Carolina gets 19% of its electricity from biogas.
BMW Manufacturing Co.

For the first time, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership recognized 20 partners for generating the most green electricity on site. Combined, the top 20 partners are generating and consuming more than 736 million kilowatt hours of on-site green power annually. This is equivalent to the electricity needed to power more than 61,000 American homes annually. The partners’ contributions are helping to expand America’s renewable energy portfolio, improve the nation’s energy security, and reduce their organizations’ greenhouse gas emissions.

“These companies are leading a nationwide move to the clean energy economy, one that can create million of jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and protect against global climate change,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “Our Green Power Partnership leaders are setting the standard for our clean energy future.”

The top five partners from the list of 20, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, City of San Diego, San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant, and CalPortland, consumed and generated the greatest amount of on-site green power. By using more than 535 million kWh of on-site green power, these partners prevented carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to the emissions from more than 70,000 passenger vehicles per year.

Green power is generated from renewable resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, biogas, and low-impact hydropower. On-site green power is deployed directly at energy users’ facilities rather than at central power plants. Green power electricity generates less pollution than conventional power and produces no net increase in greenhouse gas emissions.

EPA’s Green Power Partnership works with more than 1,100 partner organizations to voluntarily purchase green power to reduce the environmental impacts of conventional electricity use. Overall, the partners are buying more than 16 billion kWh of green power annually, equivalent to the carbon dioxide emissions from electricity use of more than 1.6 million American homes.

EPA is also updating its other top partner lists, including its National Top 50 Purchasers list. Intel Corporation, PepsiCo, Whole Foods Market, Kohl’s Department Stores, and Dell Inc. continue to rank in the top five overall of green power purchasers.

EPA’s Top 20 On-site Partner List

Organization Annual On-site Green Power Usage (kWh) On-site % of Total Electricity Use On-site Resources Additional Purchased Green Power (kWh)
Kimberly-Clark Corporation 192,730,000 7% Biomass 0
Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts 171,144,000 54% Biogas 0
City of San Diego, CA 69,043,000 27% Biogas, Small-hydro, Solar 0
San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant 52,769,440 56% Biogas 0
CalPortland 50,000,000 11% Wind 0
Nassau County, NY 29,121,457 15% Biogas 0
BMW Manufacturing Co. / Greer, SC Facilities 27,831,000 19% Biogas 0
City of San Francisco, CA 25,033,977 3% Biogas, Solar 0
Kohl’s Department Stores 19,126,000 2% Solar 581,864,000
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. / California and Texas Facilities 17,000,000 1% Solar 226,328,000
City of Portland, OR 15,521,660 9% Biogas, Small-hydro, Solar, Wind 0
Johnson & Johnson 11,626,910 1% Biogas, Solar 374,828,801
U.S. Air Force 10,484,000 <1% Biogas, Solar, Wind 0
Macy’s Inc. / California and Hawaii Stores 10,400,000 3% Solar 0
University of Iowa 8,992,636 3% Biomass 0
City of Ann Arbor, MI 8,874,000 20% Biogas, Small-hydro, Solar 0
Safeway Inc. 4,500,000 <1% Solar 90,000,000
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company 4,203,840 38% Biogas, Solar 0
City of Gresham, OR 3,999,916 28% Biogas 1,874,538
Alameda County, CA / GSA Facilities 3,829,789 7% Solar 1,677,242

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