EPA (www.epa.gov) updated its Top Green Power Purchasers list, which accounts for more than six billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year of green power purchasing, reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of more than 700,000 vehicles.

EPA”s Green Power Partnership, launched in 2001 and works with more than 750 partner organizations that voluntarily buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use and to promote the development of new renewable generation resources nationwide. Overall, EPA Green Power Partners are buying more than 10 billion kWh of green power annually, an increase of nearly 163 percent since January 2006, according to the EPA. Green power is generated from eligible renewable resources, such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and biogas, as well as low-impact hydropower.

EPA updates its Top Partners lists quarterly. Below is the updated list of EPA”s National Top 25 list, listed in descending order of purchase size as of July 2007.

1. PepsiCo (1,105,045,154 kWh)
2. Wells Fargo & Company (550,000,000 kWh)
3. Whole Foods Market (509,104,786 kWh)
4. The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc. (457,851,838 kWh)
5. U.S. Air Force (457,500,000 kWh)
6. Johnson & Johnson (400,702,978 kWh)
7. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (329,880,513 kWh)
8. Kohl”s Department Stores (201,396,000 kWh)
9. Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts (196,003,000 kWh)
10. Starbucks (185,000,000 kWh)
11. DuPont Company (180,000,000 kWh)
12. U.S. Department of Energy (157,964,000 kWh)
13. PepsiAmericas, Inc. (157,062,875 kWh)
14. Vail Resorts, Inc. (152,000,000 kWh)
15. Cisco Systems, Inc. (128,204,000 kWh)
16. HSBC North America (124,544,000 kWh)
17. Staples (121,800,000 kWh)
18. New York University (118,616,000 kWh)
19. The World Bank Group (114,735,000 kWh)
20. University of Pennsylvania (112,000,000 kWh)
21. IBM Corporation (110,103,000 kWh)
22. Mohawk Fine Papers Inc. (100,200,000 kWh)
23. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (90,000,000 kWh)
24. NatureWorks LLC (89,000,000 kWh)
25. Sprint Nextel (87,600,000 kWh)

For more on EPA”s Green Power Partnership, please visit www.epa.gov/greenpower.

To view the National Top 25 list, visit
www.epa.gov/greenpower/partners/top25.htm.

To view the 100% Green Power Purchaser list, visit www.epa.gov/greenpower/partners/partner100.htm.

For more on EPA’s Fortune 500 Green Power Challenge, visit www.epa.gov/greenpower/partners/fortune500.htm.