Mean, Clean Machines

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:

Utility Headquarters Resources 2004 Sales (aMV)
Portland General Electric Portland, Oregon Geothermal, wind, small hydro 29.9
PacifiCorp Portland, Oregon Wind, biomass, solar 21.9
Sacramento Municipal Utility District Sacramento, California Landfill gas, wind, small hydro, solar 20.2
Xcel Energy Minneapolis Wind 15.7
National Grid USA Northeast U.S. Biomass, wind, small hydro, solar 10.1
Los Angeles Department of Power & Water Los Angeles Wind, landfill gas 8.6
OG&E Electric Services Oklahoma City Wind 6.5
Puget Sound Energy Bellevue, Washington Wind. solar, biogas 5.3
We Energies Milwaukee Landfill gas, wind, small hydro 4.7
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