Intel recently topped the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power list of partner organizations utilizing renewable energy. The technology and telecom company uses renewables such as biogas, biomass, small-hydro, solar and wind to generate more than 3.1 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean energy each year.
Microsoft came in second, producing just under 2 billion kWh, and Kohl's a close third, generating over 1.5 billion kWh.
The EPA says the usage amounts reflect U.S. operations only and are sourced from U.S.-based green power resources. Organizations can meet EPA Partnership requirements using any combination of three different product options: (1) Renewable Energy Certificates, (2) On-site generation, and (3) Utility green power products.
The Green Power Partnership works with a wide variety of leading organizations — from Fortune 500 companies to local, state and federal governments, and a growing number of colleges and universities. The Top Partner Rankings highlight the annual green power use of leading Green Power Partners within the United States and across individual industry sectors.
“Intel's renewable energy efforts are meant to spur the market and make renewables cheaper and more accessible,” said Marty Sedler, Director of Global Utilities and Infrastructure at Intel Corporation. “Intel's REC purchases, support for solar installations and other clean energy investments will continue to be priorities for us, as we search for effective sustainable opportunities around the globe.”
The usage figures used for the list are based on annualized Partner contract amounts (kilowatt-hours), not calendar-year totals. The rankings are updated on a quarterly schedule; these latest rankings are based on data received as of July 3, 2013.