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Amazon Makes A Positive Move Towards Clean Energy

Internet giant business, Amazon, is finally making a move in the right direction. The company relies heavily on coal and natural gas with little transparency but lacked greatly in clean energy.

Now they are in the process of building a wind farm that will give clean energy to 46,000 homes. This commitment as they announced will "100% renewable energy usage" stamped into the "global infrastructure footprint." The only problem is the lack of a set time frame so that environmentalists can follow the Internet giant's progress in this project. The production of energy won't be in progress until January 2016.

Amazon was at the bottom of the list of contributors to this effect. On the clean energy index score card they are at just a meager 15%. Several other companies are just as low but contributing more. At the top of the list, providing 100%, is Apple. However, Apple doesn't contribute to natural gas, coal and nuclear indexes. Amazon contributes 25% natural gas, 28% coal and 27% nuclear. There are higher contributors which include Facebook contributing 49% clean energy and Google contributing 48% clean energy.

The designated area for the wind farm is in Benton County, Indiana in partnership with Pattern Energy Group to produce the 150 megawatt energy. The 46,000 homes will equal 500,000 megawatts of wind power annually. The best part is Amazon Web Services which is part of the Internet's backbone will be cleaning up it's energy usage of the Internet. This spells improvement for other companies who use AWS. We aren't talking about just big websites. AWS is used on a large portion of web services.

So we may not be seeing too much improvement in 2015 for the Internet in the U.S.A but we can look forward in just another year. By 2016 the Internet will hopefully be seeing a new baby boom.

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scheng1 wrote on January 31, 2015, 7:12 AM

Unless China makes improvement in clean energy usage, all the effort by others are limited in scope.

CountryWine wrote on January 31, 2015, 3:33 PM

I don't think that is true.