This week, Amazon.com announced a new wind farm in Texas, which will generate 1,000,000 megawatt hours of energy annually, enough to power 90,000 American homes. The Texas wind farm, which is expected to go online in 2017, is the latest and largest clean energy project to be announced by Amazon, which had been a laggard in adopting clean energy compared to other tech companies.
In 2014, after pressure from climate advocates, Amazon announced a commitment to 100% clean energy for it massive servers. Amazon Web Services dominates the cloud services marketplace, with major clients including Adobe, Netflix, Intuit, and Comcast. The vast majority of Amazon’s servers have been powered by coal-fired power, creating massive pollution, including massive emissions of CO2, contributing to climate change.
Thanks to pressure from Amazon customers, shareholders, and environmental advocates organized by Greenpeace and Green America, Amazon has recently increased its commitments to clean energy, and has a stated goal of 40% clean energy by the end of 2016.
Amazon’s progress is encouraging, but the company still needs to do more. It is a long way from 100% renewable energy for its servers, and refuses to provide a sustainability report documenting its environmental impacts overall.
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