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According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week, Google and Ingram Micro Inc. are two of the top companies in North America to use green electricity. Altogether, the agency’s recognized top 50 renewable electricity users consume more than 14 billion kilowatt-hours of green power each year – enough to keep more than a million U.S. homes from using electricity that causes carbon dioxide emission problems.
These green companies now are part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership, buying green power on a voluntary basis by collaborating with more than 1,300 organizations. The benefit of green power is that it is environmentally friendly and does not boost greenhouse gas emissions, as it is derived from sources such as low-impact hydropower and biogas – a gas generated by the anaerobic breakdown of organic matter. In addition, geothermal, wind and solar resources are used to produce renewable electricity.
Google, in particular, purchases green power from NextEra Energy Resources, Puget Sound Energy and Renewable Choice Energy. It also developed the biggest residential solar fund in the country and contributed to the largest wind farm in the world – the Alta Wind Energy Center in California. The company additionally is buying energy from 200-megawatt wind generation efforts in Oklahoma and Iowa for the next two decades for use at its data centers.
“By making the switch to renewable power, these forward thinking companies are reducing greenhouse gasses and other harmful air pollution so that Americans can breathe easier,” said Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest Jared Blumenfeld, of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Ingram Micro Inc. Also Purchases Large Amounts of Green Power
More than 3 million kilowatt-hours of green energy is being purchased by Ingram Micro Inc. each year as well. The company is buying renewable energy certificates from Renewable Choice Energy and has enough to more than meet its total electricity use.
Listed in 33rd place in Newsweek’s 2011 Green Rankings, Ingram Micro Inc. is a top company in the technology industry for working to reduce its environmental footprint. This Fortune 100 company provides marketing, sales and logistics services for the information technology industry across the globe.
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