The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the most recent national Top 10 Retail Partners list highlighting the largest retail purchases of renewable energy by members of its Green Power Partnership. The list reflects renewable energy purchases made through March 27, 2006.
The actions of the Top 10 Retail Partners help drive the development of new renewable energy sources of electricity generation. Combined, the green power purchases of the Top 10 Retail Partners amount to over 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:
- Whole Foods Market (463,128 MWh)
- Starbucks (150,000 MWh)
- Safeway Inc. (87,000 MWh)
- Staples (49,456 MWh)
- FedEx Kinko's (40,6000 MWh)
- HEB Grocery Company/Austin Region Operations (27,000 MWh)
- Liz Claiborne Inc./N.J. Corporate Headquarters (25,000 MWh)
- prAna (16,500 MWh)
- Lowe's Home Centers in N.C., N.M., S.C., Tenn., Texas (16,500 MWh)
- MOM’s - My Organic Market (1,488 MWh)