Proposition 23 was defeated last night, and California will continue on its path to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Some Silicon Valley companies are already taking giant steps forward, but none of them has gone quite as far as Intel. According to the EPA’s Green Power Partnership, the company already gets 50 percent of its electricity from a wide variety of renewable sources, including biogas and biomass, geothermal, solar, wind, and small hydro. The only other Bay Area company to make the EPA’s top ten was Cisco Systems of San Francisco. Cisco gets 29 percent of its electricity from biomass and wind.
Three other local companies that appeared on the list include Applied Materials of Santa Clara (25th, with 16 percent), Yahoo’s Santa Clara Campus (ranked 52, with 32 percent of its power from solar and wind), and Agilent, also of Santa Clara (ranked 53, with 6 percent). None of these companies approached Intel’s record of 1,433,200,000 kilowatt hours from renewable resources.
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