01 February 2008 | Jake Kanter
Technology firm Intel is the biggest purchaser of green power in the US, according to the country's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The EPA, which works with corporations to increase the take-up of green power, revealed that 53 companies on the Fortune 500 now buy green energy. Collectively the firms purchased six billion units, measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity and gas, of green energy in 2007.
Intel topped the list with a total of 1.3 billion units purchased, while other multinational businesses, including PepsiCo, financial services firm Wells Fargo, retailer Whole Foods Market and the Pepsi Bottling Group, ranked among the top 10.
According to the EPA, the spend of the 53 companies is equivalent to 570 million gallons of petrol, or the annual energy used by 670,000 average US homes.
Stephen Johnson, an administrator for the agency, said in a statement: "By voluntarily shifting to renewable energy, EPA's environmental partners are proving you don't need to wait for a signal in order to go green."
Top five US green power buyers
1. Intel Corporation - 1,300,00,000 (units)
2. PepsiCo - 1,105,045,145
3. Wells Fargo & Company - 550,000,000
4. Whole Foods Market - 509,104,786
5. The Pepsi Bottling Group - 457,851,838