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September, 2011: Google increases transparency on its data center energy use

Google releases information on exactly how much energy it takes to provide searches, email, youtube videos and all other Google services, as well as its energy mix.

December, 2011: Facebook to renewable energy siting policy for data centers

Facebook commits to a siting policy with a stated preference to locate data centers in areas with renewable energy available, bringing to a close the 20-month Greenpeace Unfriend Coal campaign.

May, 2012: Apple commits to 100 % renewable energy for iCloud

Apple announces a doubling of its solar installation at its North Carolina data center, along with a commitment that all of its data centers will be powered by 100 % renewable energy.

June, 2012: eBay quits the coal grid for its Utah data center

eBay installs fuel cells for its Utah data center, setting them up in a way that allows the facility to run independently from the electricity grid, which is heavily powered by coal there.

August, 2012: Facebook publishes its energy and carbon footprint data for first time

Facebook publishes its 2011 energy and carbon footprint data and announced a 2015 goal of powering 25% of the platform with renewable energy.

February, 2013: Rackspace commits to 100 % renewable energy

Rackspace commits to a goal of powering its data centers with 100 % clean energy.

March, 2013: Salesforce commits to 100 % renewable energy

Salesforce becomes the fifth company to commit to powering its cloud with 100 % clean energy.

March, 2013: Apple report reveals its path to 100% renewable energy

Apple releases an environmental report disclosing how it would reach 100 % renewable energy for its data centers allowing customers to have faith that Apple is meeting its ambitions with real action.

April, 2013: Apple, Facebook, Google Team Up to Push Nation’s Largest Utility to Renewable Energy

Offering Apple, Facebook and Google team up to compel their electric utility in North Carolina, Duke Energy, to offer a new breakthrough renewable energy program.

July, 2013: Apple chooses solar for Nevada data center

Apple announces it will work with the local utility to power its data center near Reno, NV with 100 % solar and geothermal power.

November, 2013: Microsoft makes its first large-scale purchase of renewable energy to power a data center

Microsoft purchases wind energy in Texas to power its data center there, marking its first ever large-scale purchase of renewable energy.

November, 2013: Box becomes sixth company to commit to 100 % renewable energy

Box becomes the sixth and latest company to join the growing club of global technology firms who have committed to powering their cloud computing operations with 100 % renewable energy.

November, 2013: Apple begins powering manufacturing with renewable energy too

Apple announces it will start building high-tech glass for its products in Arizona at a facility that will be 100 % powered by solar and geothermal energy.

November, 2013: Facebook powers new Iowa data center with 100 % wind energy

Facebook announces that it will use 100% wind energy to power its data center in Iowa.

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New lawsuit challenges Interior Department’s failure to consider climate impacts of...

Blog by Joe Smyth | November 25, 2014

The federal coal leasing program is facing additional scrutiny, as the Western Organization of Resource Councils, Friends of the Earth, and the Paul Allen Foundation launch a new legal challenge to require the Interior Department to pursue a...

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