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January 31, 2007

Wells Fargo Takes Top Spot in EPA Green Power List

Wells Fargo & Company is now the largest purchaser of green power in the United States, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The company moved up from second place by default, since the U.S. Air Force has decreased its purchasing of green power. Last year, the Air Force held the top spot by buying more than a billion kilowatt-hours of renewable electricity, but this year the military agency has cut its purchase by more than half, dropping it to third place. Wells Fargo is buying 550 million kilowatt-hours of wind power from 3 Phases Energy.

A more positive change occurred among the list of top colleges and universities, with newcomer New York University leaping into first place by meeting all its electricity needs with wind power, for a total of 118.6 million kilowatt-hours. New on the list of local government buyers are the cities of Bellingham, Washington, and Santa Monica, California, while Kohl's Department Stores and Office Depot are both new additions to the retail list. And the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs has jumped onto the top-ten list of government agencies, claiming the number four spot by buying 90 million kilowatt-hours of biomass power. The NASA Johnson Space Center also appears on the list for the first time, in tenth place with its purchase of 6 million kilowatt-hours of wind power. See the lists of top green power purchasers on the EPA Green Power Partnership Web site.