Intel tops Fortune 500 companies in green power use
Intel Corp. tops all other Fortune 500 companies throughout the nation in its purchase of green power, according to a list released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its Green Power Partnership.
Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel uses green power for 50 percent of its total electricity use, the EPA found. Its preferred green power resources are biogas, biomass, geothermal, small hydro, solar and wind.
San Francisco-based Wells Fargo & Co. was No. 12, with 14 percent from green sources, primarily wind.
Lockheed Martin Corp. came in at No. 16, using solar and wind power.
"These green power purchases help reduce the environmental impacts of electricity use and support the development of new renewable generation capacity nationwide. Purchase amounts reflect U.S. operations only and are sourced from U.S.-based green power resources," the EPA said.
The Green Power Partnership currently works with about 1,300 organizations to boost alternative energy sources. Partner companies use nearly 18 billion kilowatt-hours of green power each year, the consortium reported.
Intel employs more than 15,000 people in Oregon and recently announced an $8 billion investment slated to add to its presence in Oregon and Arizona.
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