Facebook implements new green tariff for new Nebraska data center

For our data centers, we have a goal to reach 50 percent clean and renewable energy in our electricity supply mix in 2018. This is not a small undertaking, especially given we want solutions that result in new renewable energy to the grid. We need more sources of renewable energy, and those sources need to be accessible to all companies. Today, there are 11 renewable energy tariffs available in nine states that help make renewables accessible, and we’re proud to have played a role in the creation of several of those tariffs.

For our Los Lunas Data Center and our new Papillion Data Center, we worked extensively with the local utilities to design and implement renewable energy tariffs — tariffs that are accessible not just to Facebook, but to other companies as well.

In New Mexico, we worked with Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) on a new renewable energy tariff known as “Green Energy Rider.” This new tariff will allow Facebook to secure 100% renewable energy in collaboration with PNM, creating a new opportunity for developing hundreds of megawatts of renewables in state. The tariff is also available to other large customers. The energy for our Los Lunas data center will come from new wind and solar farms.

In Nebraska, we worked with Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) to create Rate 261-M. Over the course of several months, we collaborated with OPPD on the details of the rate design to ensure it enables corporations to cover 100 percent of their usage with renewable energy, while bringing broader economic benefits to OPPD. In fact, this new rate is already meeting the needs of other large power customers, like Yahoo. They are looking forward to adopting this rate to help bring their growing Nebraska facilities to complete sustainable energy consumption. The energy for our Papillion data center will come from new wind farms.

Both New Mexico and Nebraska are regulated markets, meaning customers cannot choose who generates their power and are bound to the utility in that area. As we began to plan our new data centers in these states, we worked with the local utility to develop a path to power our facilities with clean and renewable energy. We will continue to use this strategy moving forward.

We openly share this strategy and our learning through coalitions like RE100 and Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA) to open the energy market. RE100 is an initiative of businesses committed to 100 percent renewable electricity that are working to increase demand for — and delivery of — renewable energy. REBA is a coalition working across customers, energy suppliers, and policymakers to identify barriers to buying renewable energy and then develop solutions that meet rapidly growing corporate demand. We work with other energy customers in REBA to provide utilities with insight into the renewable energy solutions corporations need.

Together with coalitions, energy customers, and utilities, we’re helping to grow the market for clean energy, and we’re encouraging more consumption of renewable energy in the world. We are thrilled to be part of this collaboration to help the industry move faster.

This announcement was originally posted on the Green on Facebook website on April 4.