By Phoenix Business Journal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday said Intel topped its list of the companies using the most renewable electricity in North America, known as its Green Power Partnership. The power comes from renewable sources such as solar, wind and geothermal.

Intel employs about 10,000 people at its manufacturing facilities in Chandler.

"By making the switch to renewable power, these forward-thinking companies are reducing greenhouse gases and other harmful air pollution,⿝ said Jared Blumenfeld, the EPA⿿s regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest in a prepared statement.

Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) topped the list, buying or generating about 2.5 billion kilowatt hours of electricity generated by alternative energy sources, which is about 88 percent of its total electricity usage.

Intel has topped green power purchasing lists regularly in recent years. The company's choices for renewable power are solar and wind.

Rounding out the top five green power purchasers were Kohl's Department Stores, Whole Foods Market, the City of Houston and Starbucks.

Click here for the full list of the EPA's Green Power Partnership rankings.

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