Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Has Recognized Microsoft As The No.2 Green Power Purchaser In The US

EPA Greenpower

The National Top 100 list represents the largest green power users within the Green Power Partnership. Microsoft was ranked No.2 in this list by The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As the EPA reports, Microsoft currently purchases nearly 2.5 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually for its U.S. operations, which is enough green power to match 100 percent of Microsoft’s U.S. electricity use.

Find the top 6 companies in that list,

Annual Green Power Usage (kWh)GP % of Total Electricity Use*Organization TypeProviders (listed in descending order by kWh supplied to Partner)Green Power Resources
1. Intel Corporation
3,102,050,000100%Technology & TelecomSterling Planet°, PNM, On-site GenerationBiogas, Biomass, Small-hydro, Solar, Wind
2. Microsoft Corporation
2,488,172,313100%Technology & TelecomSterling Planet°, On-site GenerationBiogas, Biomass, Small-hydro, Solar, Wind
3. Kohl’s Department Stores
1,531,197,690113%RetailNexant°, Sterling Planet°, Renewable Choice Energy°, 3Degrees°, On-site GenerationSolar
4. Google Inc.
737,364,72732%Technology & TelecomNextEra Energy Resources°, On-site Generation, Grand River Dam Authority°Biogas, Solar, Wind
5. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
650,716,7033%RetailGexa Energy, On-site Generation, Bloom Energy°, Duke Energy, WM Renewable Energy, Green Power EMC°Biogas, Solar, Wind
6. Apple Inc.
626,315,50092%Technology & Telecom3 Phases Renewables°, NC GreenPower°, Constellation, On-site Generation, Silicon Valley Power°, Austin Energy°, Sacramento Municipal Utility District°, Iberdrola Renewables°, 3Degrees°, Pacific Power°, NV Energy, Salt River Project°, Renewable Choice Energy°, Central Electric CooperativeBiogas, Biomass, Geothermal, Small-hydro, Solar, Wind

Microsoft commented about this recognition on its blog,

We recognize that climate change is a serious challenge that will require a comprehensive and global response from all sectors of society, which is why we made the commitment from our fiscal year (FY) 2013 (beginning July 2012) to carbon neutrality. We have worked to achieve this commitment each year in a variety of ways, including increasing our commitment to purchase green power. Starting FY15 (July 2014 – June 2015), we purchase green power in the same geographies in which we operate globally to obtain the carbon reduction under the new GHG Protocol Scope 2 guidelines. We are honored to have made the EPA’s list and applaud the other organizations that have been recognized for their significant investments in the nation’s green power market.

Read more about it here.

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