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Intel Corporation, U.C. Santa Cruz, Santa Clara University winners in U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership / Billions of kilowatts of renewable resource power purchased

Release Date: 04/27/2009
Contact Information: Francisco Arcaute, (213) 244-1815, cell (213) 798-1404 arcaute.francisco@epa.gov

(04/27/09) SAN FRANCISCO – By purchasing more than 1 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually - enough green power to meet 47 percent of the organization's purchased electricity use - Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel Corporation has been honored as a Top 50 Purchaser by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership program.

In addition, two California universities – the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Santa Clara University – have together purchased over 68 million kilowatts of green power, earning themselves Green Power College and University Challenge awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

"Congratulations to the Intel Corporation, University of Santa Clara, and UC Santa Cruz – their cutting-edge policies fortify our nation's commitment to cleaner, healthier air,” said Deborah Jordan, the EPA’s Air Division director for the Pacific Southwest. “With their commitment to use renewable energy, they are setting the standard for others and helping make renewable energy more affordable for all."

For the second year in a row, Intel Corporation, the world’s largest semiconductor company, is the nation’s largest single purchaser of green power with purchases of more than 1.3 billion kWh of green power per year. This is equivalent to the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the electricity use of nearly 130,000 average American homes.

The University of California, Santa Cruz beat its conference rivals by purchasing 57 million kilowatt-hours of green power, representing 100 percent of the school’s annual electricity usage. This is equivalent to the amount of electricity needed to power nearly 6,000 average American homes each year, or has the equivalent impact of reducing the carbon dioxide emissions of more than 7,000 passenger cars annually.

Santa Clara University beat its conference rivals by purchasing more than 11 million kilowatt-hours of green power, representing 37 percent of the school’s annual electricity usage. This is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power more than 1,000 average American homes each year, or has the equivalent impact of reducing the carbon dioxide emissions of more than 1,000 passenger cars annually.

The EPA’s Green Power Partnership works with more than 1,000 partner organizations to voluntarily purchase green power to reduce the environmental impacts of conventional electricity use. Overall, EPA Green Power Partners are buying more than 16 billion kWh of green power annually, equivalent to the CO2 emissions from electricity use of more than 1.5 million American homes.

Green power is generated from renewable resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, biogas, and low-impact hydropower. Green power electricity generates less pollution than conventional power and produces no net increase in greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information on Top 50 list of green power purchasers, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/toplists/top50.htm

For more information on EPA’s Green Power Partnership, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/greenpower

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