Intel tops EPA green power rankings, IBM, HP, Sun MIA

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Timothy Prickett Morgan has an article at The Register today about the EPA’s latest quarterly ranking of organizations who report their renewable power consumption

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, working with an organization called the Green Power Partnership, puts out a quarterly report that tracks companies; local, state, and federal governments; and educational institutions in the United States who file reports with the EPA to show how much renewable power they buy and what percentage of their power requirements come from green sources. Companies that do their own on-site power generation and offer green power products get to add the watts they generate or save into the mix.

Part of his point is that the major IT vendors like HP, IBM, and Sun are all talking a green IT game, but if they are executing in their own facilities, they aren’t bothering to do the paperwork.

If anything, the rankings point of that most companies, whether they are in the IT sector or not, haven’t done their paperwork with the EPA and therefore are not being ranked. IBM has a tiny office in California that has done its paperwork, but it is kind of embarrassing that Sun, IBM, and HP, who talk the loudest about green IT these days, are not proving that they are moving to green power consumption themselves.

Companies who are walking the talk and filing the paperwork to prove it? Dell (158%, by virtue of energy saving features in its products apparently), Cisco (46% of annual consumption from renewable sources), Motorola (20%), AMD (102% again, by virtue of energy saving features in its products), and the EPA itself which gets 100% of the energy it uses from renewable sources.

Intel tops the list for using the most renewable energy

Intel is the top consumer of green power, with 1.3 terawatt-hours of annual green power usage, which represents 46 per cent of Intel’s global power consumption.