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Intel tops US renewables league table

UNITED STATES: Intel has come top in an assessment of companies' renewable energy use by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Intel topped the list, sourcing all of its power from renewables
Intel topped the list, sourcing all of its power from renewables

Fellow tech companies Google and Microsoft also made it into the top five, with both having invested substantially in wind.

Intel sourced all of its power use in the US from renewable sources including wind, solar and biomass. Microsoft and Google managed 50% and 32% respectively.

However, Microsoft has fallen in the rankings, from second in January, to third in the latest quarterly report. It had  sourced 80% of it energy from renewable energy projects previously.

Apple moved into the top ten, taking eighth in the list, having previously been in 11th place.

Some commentators have criticised the rankings. They have pointed out that the report does not differentiate between companies that put new renewable energy on the grid by buying or building projects, and those that that  bought renewable energy credits from existing projects.

Last November, Microsoft announced that it signed a 110MW power purchase agreement (PPA) with RES for a project in Texas.

Google has thown itself headlong into wind power investment, having bought stakes in 16 renewable energy developments, including seven wind projects, as it looks to reduce its carbon emissions, particularly from its energy-intensive data centres.

On top of this, the company has arranged PPAs with a number of wind developers including a 407MW deal with MidAmerican Energy agreed this week.

The nameplate capacity of Google's global renewable energy projects is now more than 2GW as it pushes towards its goal of using 100% green energy by an unspecified date.

While Intel does not own any wind farms, it has bought renewable energy certificates from a number of projects.

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