Greenpeace finds internet companies' efforts to use renewable energy blocked by power companies' heavy reliance on coal
Author: Greenpeace, Published on: 14 May 2015
Apple, Facebook and Google continue to lead efforts to build an Internet that is renewably powered, but uncooperative electric companies and rapid energy demand growth for the Internet places those ambitions under threat...Continued resistance to renewable investments from coal-heavy monopoly utilities in data center hot spots such as Virginia, North Carolina, and Taiwan is causing the rapid growth in the digital world to increase the demand for dirty energy. Greenpeace found that tech companies are increasingly turning to the smart choice of renewable energy to power the Internet, but they’re hitting a wall of stubborn monopoly power companies that refuse to switch to 21st century sources of energy...
Greenpeace is calling on all major Internet companies to:
- Make a long-term commitment to become 100% renewably powered.
- Commit to transparency on IT performance and consumption of resources, including the sources of electricity, to enable customers, investors, and stakeholders to measure progress toward that goal.
- Develop a strategy for increasing their supply of renewable energy, through a mixture of procurement, investment, and corporate advocacy to both electricity suppliers and government decision-makers.
[Refers to Akamai, Amazon Web Services, Apple, Digital Realty Trust, Dupont Fabros Technology, ebay, Equinix, Facebook, Google, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Rackspace, Salesforce, Telecity, Yahoo!]