Fort Carson among EPA’s top green energy users in nation

FortCarsonBrigadeBBHQFort Carson was recently recognized as No. 66 on the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Top 100 list of the largest green power users in the nation. Fort Carson also ranks  No. 4 on the Top 10 Federal Government list.

Fort Carson uses nearly 82 million kilowatt-hours of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 39 percent of the Mountain Post’s electricity use.

As part of efforts to switch from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives, Fort Carson buys a utility green power product from Colorado Springs Utilities. In addition, the installation generates green power from on-site solar energy systems.

Also, Fort Carson has partnered with CSU on a wood biomass energy project for one year. Fort Carson will purchase 10.9 million kilowatt hours of energy. The pilot project runs through Dec. 31.

This sustainable energy purchase will account for 5 percent of the Mountain Post’s total electric use. Additionally, Fort Carson will contribute 10 to 15 percent of the wood needed to generate this sustainable energy and help with the installation’s net zero waste goal efforts, according to a news release from Fort Carson.

According to the EPA, Fort Carson’s green power use of nearly 82 million kilowatt hours is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions of more than 12,000 passenger vehicles per year, or the carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of nearly 9,000 average American homes annually.

The WhiteWave Foods Company of Boulder was listed number 62 in the nation’s top 100 green power users.

The list of companies that consumed 100 percent of their power from renewable resources included these Colorado companies: Quantitative Ecological Services of Castle Rock, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory of Golden, the Griffis Group in Denver, Ricoh Production Print Solutions of Boulder, Regis University of various locations in Colorado, Alpine Banks of Colorado, Swisslog Healthcare Solutions of Denver, Wolf Creek Ski Area of Durango, Larkburger of Arvada, Naropa University of Boulder, New Hope Natural Media of Boulder, the Geological Society of America of Boulder, Coda Coffee of Denver, Enviro Friendly Printing of Littleton and others.