EPA Lists Top 100 Renewable Energy Users

Posted: 05/28/2014  browse the blog archive
EPA Lists Top 100 Renewable Energy Users

In late April the Environmental Protection Agency released the latest Green Power Partner Rankings, which list the top 100 renewable energy users within the EPA program.  Organizations can meet EPA Partnership requirements by using any combination of on-site generation, renewable energy certificates, or utility green power products. 

According to the list, Intel leads renewable energy consumption with more than 3 million megawatt hours of green energy a year, more than double that of the next leading user, Kohl’s Department Stores.  Microsoft and Whole Foods come in third and fourth, respectively, with Google, Wal-Mart, Staples, Apple, the city of Houston, and the U.S. Department of Energy rounding out the top ten users.

The top 100 organizations include technology companies, retailers, restaurants, government organizations, consulting firms, banks, and universities, among others.  The rankings show how much power these energy users are either buying or generating themselves, and what percentage renewable sources make up of the total energy usage.  Usage amounts are limited to U.S. operations.  The list is revised four times a year, and will be updated next on July 28.

The Chanler Group is actively engaged in the review and analysis of incentive-based renewable energy programs to determine potential benefits to our clients.  Global energy consumption continues to increase each year and, with this increase, the demand for safe, clean, and unlimited energy is on the rise.  The Federal and State governments promote this interest through a variety of financially-beneficial incentives.  Our understanding of these laws allows us to guide homeowners, businesses, and/or developers through the various ways to take advantage of these incentive-based benefits.  With the appreciation that renewable energy laws and regulations are constantly changing, The Chanler Group is committed to investing in its understanding and practice of this area of law.