This year Microsoft was named as the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Green Power Partner of the Year as it increased its green power use by 36 percent over the past year. The company might celebrate with a Budweiser because Anheuser-Busch was among the leaders recognized for its excellence in green power use.
Every year the agency recognizes 10 of its Green Power Partners for their work to reduce their use of dirty fuels and use renewable energy. This year it recognized organizations in three categories, the partner of the year, organization’s in Direct Project Engagement, and Excellence in Green Power Use.
“The 2018 Green Power Leadership Award winners have proven real leadership, demonstrating to American businesses that, through their investments, they can together not only grow America’s renewable energy market, but also reduce air emissions and protect the environment,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation Bill Wehrum.
Microsoft was named the Green Power Partner of the Year by the EPA. The company was previously recognized as a Green Power Partner of the Year in 2015, and like many other tech giants it has continually upped its use of renewable energy. Earlier this year it announced that it is purchasing 315 megawatts of power from sPower’s Pleinmont solar projects in Virginia.
The EPA said Microsoft increased its use of green power by 36 percent in the past year. In addition, it noted that Microsoft is on track to power 50 percent of its data centers by local, directly-connected renewable generation by the end of 2018.
The agency also recognized Anheuser-Busch in its Excellence in Green Power Use category. “Sustainability is fundamental to the way we operate. It is not just part of our business, but it is our business,” said Ingrid De Ryck, VP of Procurement and Sustainability at Anheuser-Busch. “We strive to build a better world across all areas of our business and throughout our value chain, and are thrilled to have these efforts recognized by the EPA as part of their nationwide Green Power Leadership Awards.”
Last year its parent Anheuser-Busch InBev announced that by 2025 it will get all of its energy from renewable resources. That will include powering more than 500 brands across 50 countries with renewable energy.
“We are more than halfway to achieving our 2025 Goal of securing 100 percent of purchased electricity from renewable sources,” De Ryck said. “Helping to grow the renewable electricity market is not only good for the environment, it’s a strategic business move — a healthy environment is crucial to the brewing process.
The EPA also recognized other beverage and tech companies in Green Power Leadership awards. Jackson Family Wines was recognized for its direct project engagement which includes producing 9 million kilowatt hours from solar power onsite and getting all of its energy from renewables. It also recognized T-Mobile for signing a power purchase agreement for 625 million kilowatt hours of wind power a year and committing to 100 percent green energy by 2021.
Other tech companies recognized for excellence included data center company Equinix, which committed to source 100 percent of its energy from renewables and increased its green power use by 42 percent on a year-over-year basis. Google was recognized for expanding green power procurement to 53 percent of its electric load in the US. In addition Starbucks announced that it increased its green power use by more than 81 million kilowatt-hours last year.
The agency also recognized Michigan State University and the University of California for direct projects and Procter & Gamble. Each of those were recognized for their onsite generation facilities and commitments to renewable energy as well.Tweet