Dell and City of Chicago Join Ranks of Top Green Power Buyers
Dell, Inc. and the City of Chicago, Illinois, have become major purchasers of electricity from renewable energy sources, earning them top spots on the national top-50 list of green power purchasers. On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a quarterly update of its rankings of green power purchasers under the EPA Green Power Partnership, and Dell jumped from 25th place to fourth place after increasing its green power purchases by nearly a factor of five. The purchases actually exceed Dell's electricity use by about 58%, helping to offset greenhouse gas emissions from other forms of energy use within the company. Meanwhile, the City of Chicago is now buying enough green power to meet 20% of its electricity needs, placing it 16th on the national top-50 list and third on the top-20 list of local governments that are buying green power. Chicago has not previously appeared on the EPA's lists. Along with the quarterly update, the EPA took the opportunity to revise several of its lists, expanding its national list from the top 25 to the top 50 and enlarging its lists for retail companies, local governments, and colleges and universities from the top 10 to the top 20. See the Dell press release and the lists on the EPA Green Power Partnership Web site.
DOE, the EPA, and the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) also presented the 2008 Green Power Leadership Awards on Monday. The four DOE Green Power Supplier Awards went to AmerenUE, which launched its Pure Power green pricing program in Illinois and Missouri in October 2007; the City of Palo Alto (California) Utilities, which has 20.4% of its customers signed up for the PaloAltoGreen green pricing program, marking the highest customer participation rate in the country; 3Degrees, which has annual green power sales of 4 billion kilowatt-hours, serving 6 of the top 15 corporate purchasers as well as many utility green pricing programs; and Sterling Planet, which has annual sales of renewable energy credits totaling 4.5 billion kilowatt-hours. The EPA recognized 16 green power purchasers, including the U.S. Air Force, Intel Corporation, Kohl's Department Stores, the Philadelphia Phillies, the City of Houston, and many other notable organizations. Meanwhile, CRS provided its market development awards to Portland General Electric, Detroit Edison, the Energy Action Coalition, Green Mountain Energy Company, and to Dr. Jan Hamrin, who founded CRS and helped to launch the Green-e certification program for green power. See the EPA press release and the list of award winners.