Intel, Shaklee, Applied Materials Among California's Top Green Power Buyers

Intel, Shaklee, Applied Materials Among California's Top Green Power Buyers

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's latest Green Power Partnership awards recognize the green energy efforts by three California businesses and one college.

Intel, which was named a Green Power Partner of the Year in 2008, received that title again this year, and was only one of four organizations throughout the U.S. to do so.

The company purchases more than 1.3 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which provides 48 percent of its electricity needs. Intel purchases green power from utility PNM, purchases renewable energy certificates from Sterling Planet and generates some on-site power.

Shaklee Corporation was one of 10 organizations in the U.S. to receive a Leadership Award for purchasing green power. Shaklee buys nearly 7 million kWh of green power a year in the form of renewable energy certificates from Green Mountain Energy, covering 108 percent of its electricity use.

Applied Materials and Butte College were two of three organizations across the country to receive Leadership Awards for generating on-site green power.

Applied Materials generates 3.2 million kWh annually and also purchases more than 31 million kWh a year, which altogether makes up 16 percent of its electricity needs. Butte College generates 2.8 million kWh a year, covering 39 percent of its electricity use.

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