27 Feb '12, 7pm

EPA's Green Power Partnership Helps Big Corporations Greenwash

While I generally have nothing but praise for the Environmental Protection Agency, their Green Power Partnership program falls short of the agency’s usual standard. In particular, the program — providing media recognition for participating companies who procure renewable energy — inflates the activities of large companies at the expense of businesses whose clean energy transformation is much more meaningful. Take Wal-Mart, who appears at #3 in the EPA’s Green Power Partner rankings with an annual procurement of 872 million kilowatt-hours (enough to power approximately 87,000 homes per year). The EPA inaccurately credits the super-retailer with getting 28 percent of its electricity from green power, because the Partnership program allows Wal-Mart to cherry-pick its only two regional divisions that have made any strides on green energy (California and Texas). Nationwide, Wal...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2012/02...

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