By: Letha Tawney, Director of Utility Innovation at WRI
When Facebook considers building a new data center, a top priority is finding renewable energy to power it. As Bill Weihl, Facebook’s Director of Sustainability, told reporters: “Access to clean energy is one of the key criteria that we consider when looking for new sites for data centers. We want to find places where ideally we can get 100 percent clean energy into our facility.”
Facebook is among more than 100 companies that gathered May 19-20 with utilities, developers, service providers and non-governmental organizations at the 2016 Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance Summit at Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington, headquarters. The two-day interactive conference focused on accelerating the fast-growing market for utility-scale corporate renewable energy. WRI’s new Corporate Renewable Energy Strategy Map shows companies where they can buy affordable renewable power at the scale they need from their local utility supplier.
This interactive map lets companies compare renewable power options in various states as they decide where to put new U.S. facilities or expand existing ones. It highlights green tariff programs and other utility energy products that let customers meet their clean energy goals and lower electricity costs.