Wednesday, 24 October 2012

The latest US Green Power rankings have been released, but where’s Google?

imageThe US Environment Protection Agency has released its latest quarterly rankings of US green power users. The leading players in the overall October rankings are similar to those for July, with Intel and Microsoft representing the IT sector in first and third places respectively. Other ICT companies in the top 50 mostly keep similar rankings to the last quarter – Cisco (17), Sprint (25) and Dell (38) – with the exception of Google, previously in 46th place but now no longer in the list.

EPA’s Green Power Partnership works with a wide variety of leading organisations — from Fortune 500 companies to local, state and federal governments, and a number of colleges and universities. The Top Partner Rankings reflect the green power usage of the US operations of these organisations, based on any combination of: Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), on-site generation and Utility green power products. Usage figures are based on annualised partner contract amounts (kilowatt-hours), not calendar year totals.

Google’s absence from the overall rankings is even more apparent from the list of top 20 tech and telecom companies green power use. Previously in 6th place, Google no longer appears in the top 20. The other main movers are Datapipe, up three places to 8th, SAP America, up six places to 11th, Samsung enters the table at 16th, and Apple, up from last place in the top 20 last quarter to 17th this time.

A check on the current list of EPS Green Power Partners (on the web site) shows that Google is no longer one of the 85 technology and telecom partner companies, hence the lack of ranking. Samsung, on the other hand, is a new partner. 


Review:  I don’t know why Google is no longer taking part in the EPA Green Power Partnership but it seems an odd move. Only last month I reported on a couple of new announcements from the company about investment in renewable energy. I said then that ‘Google’s investments in renewable energy generation and purchase, but it’s extensive and impressive’.

I’ll try and find out the logic, maybe they just forgot to pay their subs.

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