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Google Drops Out of EPA Green Power Tech Rankings

Google, which ranked sixth in the EPA’s inaugural rankings of the high-tech industry’s biggest green power users, has dropped out of the Top 20.

Intel, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Sprint and Dell retained the top five places on the Top 20 Tech & Telecom list, which the EPA debuted in July, while Samsung joins in 16th place. Combined, the partners featured on the Top 20 Tech & Telecom list use more than 5 billion kWh of green power annually.

The District of Columbia was the biggest mover on the overall Top 50 Green Power Partnership list, jumping from no. 17 to no. 7, and taking the no. 1 spot in the Top 20 Local Government rankings (it was no. 4 in the July rankings). It now uses enough wind power to cover 100 percent of overall electricity use for the city’s facilities, according to EPA data.

Meanwhile Intel, Kohl’s and Microsoft maintain their no. 1, no. 2 and no. 3 rankings, respectively, on the overall list.

EPA also updated the rankings for the 2012-13 College and University Green Power Challenge, which saw a few changes. The Northeast-10 Conference broke into the top 10 for the first time — ranking no. 8 and purchasing 63,998,800 kWh of green power— thanks to Bentley University’s 25 million kWh green power purchase. The school bought wind power renewable energy certificates, according to the EPA.

The Pac-12 (223,648,708 kWh) led by Oregon State, Big Ten (214,854,873 kWh) led by Northwestern University and Ivy League (200,194,600 kWh) led by the University of Pennsylvania took the top three slots, respectively, for a second year in a row.

To be listed, a conference must have at least one Green Power Partner and an aggregate green power purchase of at least 10,000,000 kWh across the conference.

In addition, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville increased its green power use and as a result, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) joined the Challenge for the first time in the no. 23 spot, purchasing 22,040,000 kWh of green power.

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2 thoughts on “Google Drops Out of EPA Green Power Tech Rankings

  1. Google is proud of the work we’re doing to power our company with more renewable energy. Our strategy has not changed. We’ve been carbon neutral since 2007 by being extremely efficient, using renewable energy, and buying high quality offsets. We currently get 35% of our electricity from renewable sources. We’ve signed long-term contracts with developers and our utility providers for over 260MW of renewable energy. We have decided not to participate in this year’s rankings as we continue to focus our efforts on these more direct means to procure renewable energy, beyond the purchase of unbundled renewable energy credits. Our efforts are outlined in our white paper at http://www.google.com/green/energy/use/#purchasing.

  2. Let’s be straight, it is a corporation who wants this year to eat Microsoft for lunch and I most would suspect everything else will slide a bit

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