Intel the Biggest Buyer of Green Energy in the U.S., Report Says

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Intel Corporation remains the top purchaser of renewable energy in the U.S., nearly doubling the amount of green energy credits it will buy in 2011 to more than 2.5 billion kilowatt-hours — the equivalent of powering 218,000 American homes — according to a new ranking by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

With that increase, the California-based chipmaker — which has also built nine solar plants at its facilities in the U.S. and Israel — now gets about 88 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.

The retail chain, Kohl’s, which ranked second on the EPA’s list of the top 50 green energy buyers, now gets 100 pecent of its electricity from green sources, purchasing more than 1.4 million kilowatt-hours annually.

The EPA works with more than 1,300 businesses and organizations through its Green Power Partnership to encourage the voluntary purchase of green energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

According to the EPA, those partners are using about 19.2 billion kilowatt-hours of green energy each year. Intel’s purchase of renewable energy credits is the largest green power purchase to date in the EPA’s Green Power Partnership.

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Article appearing courtesy Yale Environment 360.

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