Green Power: Intel, Microsoft, Google, Apple Top EPA List
Arsenic, Mercury, Carbon Dioxide and more — electricity generated from coal kills. Little wonder that America’s leading technology companies are pursuing green power so aggressively. And, everyone’s favorite fruit company is right up at the top of the US EPA’s list leading green power users.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has published their annual Top 30 Tech & Telecom Green Power Users and Apple has earned the number four spot.
“We’ve already achieved 100 percent renewable energy at all of our data centers, at our facilities in Austin, Elk Grove, Cork, and Munich, and at our Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino,” says the company of its green power initiatives. “And, for all of Apple’s corporate facilities worldwide, we’re at 75 percent, and we expect that number to grow as the amount of renewable energy available to us increases — we won’t stop working until we achieve 100 percent throughout Apple.”
*Reflects the amount of green power as a percentage of total electricity use. Partners choosing to purchase green power in an amount exceeding 100 percent of their U.S. organization-wide electricity use are listed as such.
°Indicates Provider is selling Partner a third-party certified green power product. For more information on third-party certification, visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/buygp/certified.htm.
That said, while Google uses more green power than Apple, it’s obvious searchzilla also uses a lot more dirty power — only 35 percent of its energy comes from green sources. One would think that with 65 percent of it electricity coming non-renewable sources would disqualify them.
Politics. The nearly $16 million Google spent on lobbying probably didn’t hurt…
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