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Kohl’s Unseats PepsiCo as No. 2 Renewable Energy Purchaser, Intel Stays on Top

epa green pwrKohl’s, which had occupied the No. 3 spot for purchasing renewable energy on the EPA’s Green Power Partnership, has vaulted over PepsiCo to occupy the No. 2 spot, according to the latest figures of the top 50 players.

Intel retained its spot as the No. 1 renewable energy purchaser, with 1.433 billion kWh annually, up from 1.301 billion kWh in the October 2009 rankings. Intel uses renewable energy for 51 percent of its operations, up from 48 percent in October.

Kohl’s now uses 1.367 billion kWh of renewable energy to power 100 percent of its operations. That’s up 60 percent from the 851 million kWh on the books as of last October, which was enough to power 71 percent of its operations.

Whole Foods remains No. 4, at 790 million kWh.

Dell has decreased its renewable energy purchasing from 553 million kWh to 431 million kWh. That was enough to drop the firm from No. 5 to No. 6.

The City of Houston, at 438 million kWh, is now No. 5 on the list.

PepsiCo’s renewable energy purchasing stayed steady at 1.226 billion kWh. The company uses renewable energy for 100 percent of its operations.

Other big movers on the list included the Bank of New York Mellon, which jumped from No. 36 last October to No. 17. It has more than doubled its renewable energy purchasing from 96 million kWh last October to 229 million kWh.

And healthcare firm BD, which made its debut on the top 50 list at No. 34, with 101  million kWh purchased.

EPA’s Green Power Partnership takes into account both renewable energy credits and renewable energy purchased directly from a utility provider or as part of a PPA.

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2 thoughts on “Kohl’s Unseats PepsiCo as No. 2 Renewable Energy Purchaser, Intel Stays on Top

  1. Are these companies actually purchasing renewable energy? Or are they purchasing renewable energy credits? They are far from similar. Please clarify.

  2. The EPA says that companies can use any combination of the following three methods to receive credit in their Green Power Partnership program: (1) Renewable Energy Certificates, (2) On-site generation, and (3) Utility green power products. Renewable energy credits are sometimes given a bad reputation but I believe that the money spent on them by large, nation chains such as Kohl’s represents an important source of economic support for clean energy projects.

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