Paper maker makes green top list

Submitted by: Joan MacKenzie 06/03/2012

April 23, 2012

A local paper-making company has been recognized again by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for being among the nation's top users of renewable energy.

Mohawk Fine Papers was named by EPA as the nation's 13th largest user of 100 percent renewable power. The company also was ranked 47th nationwide among all renewable power users.

In 2003, Mohawk became one of the first large-scale production facilities in the U.S. to offset its electrical energy with renewable wind energy certificates, which cover all the electricity used to make paper.

In 2011, that usage totaled about 104 million kilowatt hours, which is the electrical equivalent of about 17,300 average homes for a year.