EPA Challenges Corporations to Double Use of Green Power
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has asked Fortune 500 companies to double their green power purchasing. The goal of the green power challenge is to exceed 5 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of green power purchases among participating companies. Five billion kWh could power more than 400,000 homes or avoid the equivalent CO2 emissions associated with more than 680,000 passenger cars each year.
More than 40 Fortune 500 companies participate in the EPA’s Green Power Partnership program, which encourages organizations to purchase green power to reduce the environmental impact associated with conventional electricity use. The annual green power purchases of these companies now total 2.5 billion kWh. The EPA’s top five Fortune 500 Green Power Partners are Wells Fargo Co., Whole Foods Markets, Johnson & Johnson, Starbucks, and DuPont Co.
Green power is a subset of renewable electricity, which includes resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, biomass and low-impact hydro. Electricity generation from non-hydro renewable sources currently account for just over two percent of America's electricity supply.
For information about EPA's Fortune 500 Green Power Challenge, click here.