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EPA recognizes Wisconsin and Kohl's for renewable energy

The federal EPA has recognized the state of Wisconsin and Kohl's Department Stores for their use of renewable energy.

Both are part of the EPA's Green Power Partnership, in which 1,100 groups have volunteered to reduce their carbon emissions.

Kohl's is No. 4 among the EPA's top-50 partners in buying renewable fuels and the state is 39th.

Also, Kohl's is ranked ninth among the Top 20 partners that generate their own renewable electricity.

Kohl's is headquartered in Menomonee Falls.

The EPA said it produced over 19-million kilowatt hours of solar energy at its U.S. stores and distribution centers last year.

And Kohl's bought over 581 million kilowatt hours of solar power, or about half of its total energy usage.

The EPA said the Wisconsin government bought 94-million kilowatt hours of methane, wind and solar power in 2008.

That represented about 10 percent of its energy use.

The state is making utilities produce 10 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2015.