Intel, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Sprint and Dell retained the top five places on the Top 20 Tech & Telecom list, which the EPA debuted in July, while Samsung joins in 16th place. Combined, the partners featured on the Top 20 Tech & Telecom list use more than 5 billion kWh of green power annually.
The District of Columbia was the biggest mover on the overall Top 50 Green Power Partnership list, jumping from no. 17 to no. 7, and taking the no. 1 spot in the Top 20 Local Government rankings (it was no. 4 in the July rankings). It now uses enough wind power to cover 100 percent of overall electricity use for the city’s facilities, according to EPA data.
Meanwhile Intel, Kohl’s and Microsoft maintain their no. 1, no. 2 and no. 3 rankings, respectively, on the overall list.
EPA also updated the rankings for the 2012-13 College and University Green Power Challenge, which saw a few changes. The Northeast-10 Conference broke into the top 10 for the first time — ranking no. 8 and purchasing 63,998,800 kWh of green power— thanks to Bentley University’s 25 million kWh green power purchase. The school bought wind power renewable energy certificates, according to the EPA.
The Pac-12 (223,648,708 kWh) led by Oregon State, Big Ten (214,854,873 kWh) led by Northwestern University and Ivy League (200,194,600 kWh) led by the University of Pennsylvania took the top three slots, respectively, for a second year in a row.
To be listed, a conference must have at least one Green Power Partner and an aggregate green power purchase of at least 10,000,000 kWh across the conference.
In addition, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville increased its green power use and as a result, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) joined the Challenge for the first time in the no. 23 spot, purchasing 22,040,000 kWh of green power.