Intel, Microsoft, Google top EPA's 100 green power users list
- 30 April 2014
NEW YORK: The US Environmental Protection Agency has released its Top 100 Green Power Partnership list, with tech giants Intel, Microsoft and Google at the forefront of the sustainability race.
The National Top 100 list comprises of the top green power users within the Green Power Partnership, a voluntary initiative which promotes the use of green power in lieu of fossil fuels. At present there are 1,200 organizations involved in the Partnership, including a number of Fortune 500 companies and government bodies.
The organizations and companies which make up the Top 100 are leaders in clean energy investment, as calculated by their annual green power usage. In fact their combined annual usage of alternative power amounts to nearly 24 billion kilowatt-hours, a figure which represents 83% of the clean power pledges made by all EPA Green Power Partners.
Intel tops the list given 100% of its electricity is derived from green power resources such as biogas and biomass.
Like Intel, Microsoft uses on-sight renewable energy generation to meet its operational need and also relies heavily on biogas. However, just 50% of its power comes from these sustainable sources.
Global corporations Google and Apple, also make the Top 10, with their share of green power as a percentage of total electricity use standing at 32% and 92%, respectively.
The public sector was well-represented with a number of government agencies and state universities featuring prominently. The EPA itself actually purchases more renewable energy than it consumes, while the University of Pennsylvania receives 51% of its electricity from wind energy.
Ben Ferrari, Director of Partnership at The Climate Group, emphasized the benefits of the clean energy transition: “The EPA’s comprehensive list is a testament to the strong support sustainable, clean energy enjoys within the American private and public sectors. In a highly competitive globalized economy it is hardly surprising that market leaders like Intel, Microsoft and Starbucks are choosing to go green. Investing in clean energy gives companies, organizations and communities the security they need in an ever-changing and unpredictable world.”
By Alana Ryan