Microsoft Announces Largest Wind Project to Date

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Efficiency and Sustainability, Road Map
Microsoft is committed to reducing our environmental footprint, and over the past two years we continue to meet our goal of becoming carbon neutral. Our approach to meeting that goal, however, continues to evolve. Today, we are announcing another move to make our operations more environmentally sustainable by signing a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for wind energy in Illinois that will be funded in part by proceeds from Microsoft’s carbon fee. Read More >>

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Microsoft Awards Grants for University Research Focused on Innovative Datacenter and Energy Efficiency Work

As Microsoft continues to find ways to transform the energy supply chain toward greater efficiency and reduced environmental impact, we have seen that driving innovation in energy often requires a close partnership between industry and academia. Work like our new partnership with the University of Texas San Antonio’s Sustainable Energy Research Institute (SERI) and testing our new rack based fuel cell technology with National Fuel cell Research Center at University of Irvine reflect a few of the ways we are leveraging partnerships to accelerate research breakthroughs. Read More >>

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Microsoft Expands Datacenter Presence in Iowa

Last week, the City of West Des Moines announced that Microsoft will expand its datacenter presence in West Des Moines, Iowa, paving the way for one of its Generation 5 cloud-scale datacenters that will enhance reliability and redundancy of our cloud services via software integration. When complete, the datacenter will be one of the largest in the Microsoft portfolio with over one million square feet of colocation and support space. Read More >>

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How Can Datacenters Help Build a New Energy Economy? Just Ask San Antonio

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Business Impact, Data Centers, Efficiency and Sustainability, Road Map
As Microsoft embraces a more thoughtful approach to powering the cloud, we’re looking at how we can reinvent the datacenter to be more efficient and use more sustainable energy sources. Very few cities have embraced the clean energy economy like San Antonio and its mayor, Julian Castro. In addition, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has demonstrated its commitment to a more sustainable energy future by establishing The Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute (SERI) under the leadership of Dr. Les Shephard, formerly of Sandia National Lab. With one of our largest datacenters located in San Antonio, we saw an opportunity to work with the city’s renewable energy community on the role of datacenters in accelerating the growth of clean energy. Read More >>

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Three Ways Microsoft is Working to Transform the Energy Supply Chain

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Business Impact, Data Centers, Efficiency and Sustainability, Road Map
As Microsoft has embraced its identity as a devices and services company, we’ve also embraced energy’s role in powering the cloud. In the past 12 months, we have made significant progress on an energy strategy that will reduce the resources required to deliver cloud services, from our power purchase agreement with a 110 MW wind farm in Texas, to datacenter innovations like in-rack power generation and biogas-powered datacenters. These initiatives are bound together by our objective to transform the energy supply chain toward radically greater efficiency and reduced environmental impact. Read More >>

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