Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Top 10 List Of Retail Green Power Partners

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released the national list of Top 10 Retail Partners featuring the largest retail purchases of renewable energy by members of the Green Power Partnership, reflecting renewable energy purchases made through March 27, 2006.

At the top of the list is Whole Foods Market, followed by Starbucks. Members of the top six purchasers of green power include Safeway Inc., Staples, FedEx Kinko's, and HEB Grocery Company, showing the investment community that going green can be associated to some of the market's "stars".

Whole Foods Market, Starbucks, Safeway Inc., Staples, and FedEx Kinko's additionally are listed on the EPA's most recent overall Top 25 list of the largest corporate green power purchasers in the Green Power Partnership. Combined, the green power purchases of the Top 10 Retail Partners resulted in 877,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of green power annually. This is enough renewable energy to power approximately 82,000 average U.S. homes per year or is equivalent to removing the emissions of 107,000 cars from the road annually. The Top 10 Retail Green Power Partners, listed in descending order of purchase size, are as follows: Retail PartnerPurchase Size (MWh)1. Whole Foods Market463,1282. Starbucks150,0003. Safeway Inc.87,0004. Staples49,4565. FedEx Kinko's40,6006. HEB Grocery Company/Austin Region Operations27,6007. Liz Claiborne, Inc./NJ Corporate Headquarters25,0008. prAna16,5009. Lowe's Home Centers in NC, NM, SC, TN, TX16,47310. MOM's - My Organic Market1,488EPA’s Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program helping to increase the use of green power among leading U.S. organizations. For more information on EPA's Green Power Partnership, visit: www.epa.gov/greenpower. For more info on EPA's Top 10 List of Retail Partners, visit: www.epa.gov/greenpower/partners/top10retail.htm. For more information on EPA's overall Top 25 list of Partners in the Green Power Partnership, visit: www.epa.gov/greenpower/partners/top25.htm.

SOURCE: U.S. Environmental Protection

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