Intel still leads nation in green power
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Solar installations like this one in Hillsboro add to Intel's green power mojo.
Intel Corp. continues to hold the No. 1 spot for green power purchasing according to a new ranking released Tuesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
According to data collected by the EPA, Intel used 2.5 billion kilowatt hours of solar and wind power last year, a combination of on-site generation and purchases of green power through a third party. In all, 88 percent of Intel's energy needs were met by green power.
In addition, the EPA found that Oregon State University ranked No. 4 in the nation for green power usage among colleges and universities, getting 100 percent of its energy needs met either by on-site generation or renewable energy credits purchased through the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. OSU used 95 million kilowatt hours of green power last year.
The No. 1 university was University of Pennsylvania with 200 million kilowatt hours of green power last year, followed by Carnegie Mellon University with 119.5 million kilowatt hours and University of Utah with 98.2 million kilowatt hours.
Intel, which has 16,000 employees in Hillsboro, was followed in the top national ranking by Kohl's Department Stores, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Whole Foods Markets and Johnson & Johnson.
While Intel, Kohl's and Whole Foods have regularly dominated the ranking, Wal-Mart was a newcomer to the list. The retail chain touted its ranking and its on-site generation in its new Green Room blog.
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