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Almost Double the Amount from 2008Intel, the world's largest chip maker (based on revenue), hasn't just been focusing on making its chips more energy-efficient. It's also the biggest buyer of green power in the United States. They were #1 a few years ago, but they've since consolidated their lead by increasing the amount of wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, and small-hydro power that they use to 2.5 billion kilowatt-hours on a yearly basis. This represents about 88% of Intel's total electricity use, up from 46% in early 2008.
Here are Intel's closest competitors for green power usage:
1. Intel - 2,502,052,000 kWh
2. Kohl's Department Stores - 1,418,065,000 kWh
3. Whole Foods Market - 817,657,623 kWh
4. Starbucks - 573,432,000 kWh
5. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania - 500,000,000 kWh
But while Intel is #1 in absolute numbers, #2 and #3 are purchasing 100% of their electricity needs in green power, making them greener if things are measured that way.
You can see the whole EPA list here.
See also: Intel: Now Largest Purchaser of Green Power in U.S. (2008)
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