EPA recognizes a bevy of Oregon companies, groups
By Andy Giegerich
Digital Managing Editor
Intel Corp. received EPA's praise for its green power usage.
The Environmental Protection Agency has bestowed best practices honors on several Oregon companies, agencies and institutions.
The awards were issued as part of EPA’s Green Power Partnership, through which 1,400-plus organizations buy more than 27 billion kWh of green power annually. That's enough to mitigate carbon emitted by the electricity use of more than 2.8 million homes.
Lewis & Clark College, Oregon State University and Southern Oregon University were named honorees in the EPA's Green Power Challenge. The label means the schools simply use high percentages of green power, or electricity generated from such sources as solar, wind and geothermal means.
The city of Portland also ranked 12th among entities in a category called "on-site generation," which measures how much power is generated at a company's or group's facilities. Portland generates about 14 million kWh of power through renewable sources.
The Port of Portland was one of the "Top Local Governments" Portland is currently generating nearly 14 million kWh of clean renewable power through on-site solar, biogas, micro wind and micro hydro resources.
The city also purchases about 2 million kWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs), bringing its total up to ten percent renewables. The Port of Portland captured honors in the “Top Local Governments” division while Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) won honors in the Tech and Telecom category. Intel was also named as a "100% Green Power User" for "using green power to meet 100 percent of their U.S. organization-wide electricity use. "
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