Kohl’s Leads the Pack in Green Energy

Department store chain Kohl’s—already the number-one ranking retailer as far as green power purchases—has officially gone to the next level. The company has announced that it has achieved 100 percent green power.

“Starting 2010 at 100 percent green power helps reduce our carbon footprint and brings us another step closer to achieving our goal of reaching net zero greenhouse emissions by the end of the year,” said Ken Bonning, Kohl’s Executive VP of Store Planning & Logistics.

Kohl’s has purchased nearly 1.4 billion kilowatt-hours of green energy, which, it is believed, will cover the company’s purchased electricity requirements for the entirety of 2010. This raises Kohl’s to a number-two overall ranking by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for top green power purchasers—in addition to it’s number-one ranking amongst retailers.

Kohl’s utilizes a combination of renewable energy certificates (RECs) and utility green power products from a variety of sources. The company generates solar power at nearly 80 of its stores, accounting for anywhere from 20 to 50 percent of each location’s energy. Kohl’s has built many of its stores in such a way that up to 35 percent of that 100 percent green energy comes from landfill gas. Kohl’s also buys power from “wind farms” in Texas and the Dakotas.