I just posted a brief item on my GreenTech Pastures blog about the latest national green power list from the U.S. Environment Protection agency. High-tech giant Intel more than easily claimed the top spot by buying more than 2.5 billion kilowatt hours worth of energy generated by renewable sources. The EPA defines those sources as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, biomass, and low-impact hydropower. Green power gets counted when its an actual purchase or when it is in the form of renewable energy credits. Intel is a serious buyer of RECS, but it also substantial solar investments.
The total amount of green power purchased by the top 50 on the Green Power list is 13.5 billion kilowatt hours, which is the electricity usage of approximately 1.1 million average American homes.
What continues to floor me is the investment that communities in Texas are making, notably in wind technology. Houston, for example, shows up at No. 6, while Dallas is No. 9.
Here is the rest of the top 10:
There are some other stories here that are worth repeating. First off, Staples has more than doubled its green power commitment in the past year. Best Buy, Suffolk County, N.Y., and Drexel University made the list for the first time. And, as I have already mentioned, it isn't just large corporations that are investing in green power. Aside from the Texas cities I already mentioned, here are other communities or local governments that are doing their part:
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't note that there are some very large federal agencies on the top 50 list. they include:
This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com