Mean, Clean Machines

Top 10 green power programs


| November / December 2005


According to Sustainable Industries Journal (July 2005), the nation's greenest utilities combine ready access to renewable energy sources with effective marketing to reach environmentally savvy customers. And for the third year in a row, the U.S. Department of Energy deems Austin Energy in Texas 'the top U.S. utility in terms of energy sales' for generating 38.2 average megawatts (aMV) using wind, landfill gas, and hydropower. The runners up, in order, are:

UtilityHeadquartersResources2004 Sales (aMV)
Portland General ElectricPortland, OregonGeothermal, wind, small hydro29.9
PacifiCorpPortland, OregonWind, biomass, solar21.9
Sacramento Municipal Utility DistrictSacramento, CaliforniaLandfill gas, wind, small hydro, solar20.2
Xcel EnergyMinneapolisWind15.7
National Grid USANortheast U.S.Biomass, wind, small hydro, solar10.1
Los Angeles Department of Power & WaterLos AngelesWind, landfill gas8.6
OG&E Electric ServicesOklahoma CityWind6.5
Puget Sound EnergyBellevue, WashingtonWind. solar, biogas5.3
We EnergiesMilwaukeeLandfill gas, wind, small hydro4.7