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Penn on EPA List of Nation’s Top Green Power Purchasers

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Penn is the only Ivy League university included in the U.S. EPA’s recently-released  quarterly update of its Top 25 list of Green Power Partners highlighting the largest U.S. green power purchasers. The latest update includes the following five new entrants to the Top 25: Safeway (#6), The Tower Companies (#17), the U.S. Army/Fort Carson (#18), Hyatt Regency Reunion & DFW (#21), and Western Washington University (#22); one out of five organizations are new to the list.

The federal government continues to be the nation’s largest purchaser. The U.S. Air Force maintained its spot as the top federal agency purchaser, a rank that it has held since the list started in September 2004. The U.S. Department of Energy climbed rapidly on the latest list, moving up to #4.

Two Fortune 50 companies, Johnson & Johnson (#3) and Safeway (#6), are the largest corporate purchasers of green power.

The Top 25 Partners are using more than 2 million megawatt hours of green power annually, roughly equal to the amount of electricity used annually by 200,000 average American homes.

Penn (tied for the  #18 slot) obtains more than ten percent of its energy needs—40,000 megawatt hours annually—from wind turbines at Somerset and Mill Run in western Pennsylvania. Penn has been purchasing wind energy for four years, see Almanac October 30, 2001 and October 8, 2002.

The Top 25 EPA Green Power Partners, listed in order of purchase size, are as follows:

1. U.S. Air Force

2. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

3. Johnson & Johnson

4. U.S Department of Energy

5. The World Bank

6. Safeway Inc.

7. U.S. General Services Administration/Region 2

8. Whole Foods Market

9. City of San Diego, CA

10. HSBC North America

11. NJ Consolidated Energy Savings Program

12. Advanced Micro Devices/Austin, TX

13. White Wave Foods

14. Austin (TX) Independent School District

15. Staples

16. Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc.

17. The Tower Companies

18. U.S. Army/Fort Carson

18. University of Pennsylvania

20. Montgomery County, MD

21. Hyatt Regency/Reunion & DFW Airports

22. Western Washington Univ., Bellingham, WA

23. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

24. FedEx Kinko’s

25. East Bay Municipal Utility District/Main Wastewater Plant

 

 

 



 
  Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 8, October 18, 2005

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October 18, 2005
Volume 52 Number 8
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