Intel And Wal-Mart Lead EPA’s Green Power Partnership List
February 7, 2013 Silvio Marcacci
If you use a personal computer, chances are you’ve used an Intel product. However, you might not know that the chip you used to surf the Internet was most likely made with 100% green power.
Intel is the world’s largest semiconductor chip manufacturer based on revenue, but they’re also the biggest consumer of green power in America, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) annual Green Power Partnership list.
EPA’s Green Power Partnership works with businesses, government, and higher education entities on a voluntary basis to encourage the use of green power. Intel dominates the most recent list, leading both the National Top 50 list of annual green power usage and 100% Green Power Users, both by kilowatt-hour (kWh).
The EPA broadly defines green energy as the renewable energy resources and technologies providing the highest environmental benefits. Usage figures are based on annualized contract amounts and only include power from US-based power resources. EPA allows partners to include any combination of renewable energy certificates, on-site generation, and green power products from utilities.
Top 50 Green Power List image via EPA
Intel Inside, Green Outside
According to EPA, Intel purchases more than 3.1 billion annual kWh of renewable energy certificates from wind, solar, geothermal, low-impact hydropower, and biomass. The company has also installed nearly 7 megawatts of on-site installed solar power.
Cumulatively, Intel’s actions have the annual equivalent environmental impact of removing more than 455,000 passenger cars from the road or avoiding the amount of electricity needed to power 327,000 average American homes.
Intel has held the top spot on EPA’s ranking since 2008, and the amount of green power it has consumed has risen exponentially per year. In 2011, the