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Report Examines Tech Firms’ Green Footprints

A newly released Greenpeace report says that Apple, Facebook, and Google are increasingly adopting renewable energy sources but that the energy-intensive data centers that other leading Internet firms run are still reliant on coal and gas. Greenpeace gave Apple, which uses a mix of solar and -cell technologies at its North Carolina data center, a perfect 100 percent Clean Energy Index score. The organization gave Facebook and Google 49 percent and 48 percent scores, respectively. On the other hand, it gave Amazon Web Services a 15 percent score, in part for using nuclear- and coal-energy sources to run its datacenters. In its biennial report, Google evaluated 19 companies with 300 datacenters and estimated how of much each company’s Internet infrastructure is based on renewable energy. Renewable energy credits, which companies can buy to meet US clean-energy goals, were not included in the assessments. Greenpeace’s report, Clicking Clean: How Companies are Creating the Green Internet”—is available online at www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/campaigns/global-warming-and-energy/A-Green-Internet/clickingclean. (Reuters)(CNET)(Greenpeace)

Microsoft Iowa Data Center Expanding

Microsoft plans to invest $677.6 million to expand its West Des Moines, Iowa, datacenter. The Iowa Economic Development Authority said it provided tax benefits to Microsoft’s Project Mountain, which will create an estimated 29 new jobs, most paying $23.12 per hour. The expansion of the facility, which Microsoft opened in 2009, will support the XBox Live online multiplayer gaming and digital media delivery service, the Office 365 subscription-based software and services suite, and the company’s cloud service offerings. (International Business Times)(Computerworld)(The Iowa Economic Development Authority)

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