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Intel, Starbucks top the list of green-power users

Ecotrope | Nov. 1, 2010 3:19 a.m. | Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 1:45 p.m.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency just released a list of the top 50 renewable-energy users in the country.

Seattle-based Starbucks made it into the top five for the first time this year. Altogether, the top 50 green-power users have avoided carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to the electricity use in more than 1 million average American homes, according to the EPA.

Here are the top four:

1. Intel - Santa Clara, Calif. (51 percent of its total electricity use – more than 1.4 billion kilowatt hours of annual green power – comes from renewable sources of biogas, biomass, geothermal, small hydro, solar and wind)

2. Kohl’s Department Stores - Menomonee Falls, Wis. (100 percent of its electricity use – more than 1.3 billion kilowatt hours – comes from renewable sources of biogas, biomass, small hydro, solar and wind)

3. Whole Foods Market - Austin, Texas (100 percent of its electricity use – more than 800 million kilowatt hours – comes from renewable solar and wind energy)

4. Starbucks - Seattle, Wash. (55 percent of its electricity use – more than 500 million kilowatt hours – comes from renewable wind energy)

The EPA reports Intel alone has eliminated carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to the electricity use from 125,000 homes. Starbucks avoided emissions equivalent to electricity use in nearly 50,000 homes.

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