Until recently, few of us associated the word “green” with “major corporations.” Many companies, however, have made a commitment to green practices—and some even get 100 percent of their energy from renewable sources. The Environmental Protection Agency recently released a list of the top green power purchasers in the United States, and the results might surprise you.
Several large corporations, such as Whole Foods Market, are purchasing wind power. Photo By WA State DNR/Courtesy Flickr
For the second year in a row, Intel Corporation secured the top spot, purchasing more than 1.3 billion kWh of renewable energy from wind power. That’s 46 percent of Intel’s total electricity use, and it keeps about 934,000 pounds of CO2 out of the atmosphere—as much as would be emitted from130,000 American homes.
Although no other company buys as many kilowatts per hour as Intel does, several companies on the list were getting 100 percent of their total electricity use from renewable sources. PepsiCo, number two on the list, and Whole Foods Market, number five on the list, both fall in this category. PepsiCo bought 1.15 million kWh from various sources, and Whole Foods Market bought half a million kWh from solar and wind sources.
The nation’s top 50 purchasers buy more than 11 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, offsetting as much carbon dioxide as would be produced to power more than 1.1 million average American homes. The companies work with EPA’s Green Power Partnership, which helps more than 1,000 organizations voluntarily purchase green power. Overall, EPA Green Power Partners buy more than 16 billion kWh of green power annually, equivalent to the CO2 emissions from electricity use in more than 1.5 million American homes. Purchase amounts reflect U.S. operations only and are sourced from U.S.-based green power sources.
Now that major corporations have jumped on board, why not think about switching to a source of renewable energy yourself? Natural Home’s guide to alternative energy will steer you through the different options available and help you decide which one’s best for you.