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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Kohl's ranks third, State of Wisconsin 37th in 'green' power use

An article from The Business Journal of Milwaukee:

Kohl's Corp. now get more than 50 percent of its energy from renewable energy sources, enough to rank it the third-largest buyer of "green" power in the country, according to federal officials.

The Menomonee Falls-based department store chain moved up in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership list of the top 50 buyers of green power from eighth in 2008. Kohl's more than doubled its annual usage of power from renewable sources to 601 million kilowatt-hours from 236 million a year ago, the EPA said Monday.

Kohl's trails fellow Fortune 500 companies Intel Corp. (1.3 billion kWh) and PepsiCo (1.14 billion kWh) on the list. Kohl's is the top ranked retail company. Retailer Whole Foods Market (527 million kWh) ranked fifth on the list behind Dell Inc. (553.7 million kWh).

Kohl's purchases of green power includes energy from such sources as solar, wind and landfill gas. According to the EPA, Kohl's green power purchase is equivalent to avoiding carbon dioxide emissions of more than 79,000 passenger vehicles per year, or is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power nearly 60,000 average American homes annually.

Ranking 37th on the list of the top 50 green power purchasers was the state of Wisconsin (92.4 million kWh). The state is buying biomass, solar and wind generated power from state utilities Madison Gas & Electric, We Energies and Wisconsin Public Power Inc. No other Wisconsin-based concern made the EPA's 2009 list.

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