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New Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance Intends to Aggregate Corporate Procurement

Cheryl Kaften

The Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA) – a coalition of multinational companies that propose to aggregate their alternative energy buying needs to achieve competitive, predictable power prices for the long-term – announced its formal launch in a media conference call on May 12.

Facebook, Microsoft Push Renewables

Carl Weinschenk

Microsoft and Facebook are partnering with The Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, according to a Bloomberg story. The goal is to drive development of 60 GW of renewable energy by 2025. That, the story says, is enough to replace the coal-fired plants the U.S. plans to retire during the next four years. Commentary in the story   …Continue Reading

Microsoft’s Project Natick Moves Forward

Carl Weinschenk

Microsoft is set to take the next step with Project Natick, its experiment in efficiently cooling datacenters by submerging them in the ocean. IT Business Edge reports that Ben Cutler, Microsoft’s project manager on the development, said that the submersible used in the next phase of the project will be four times as large and   …Continue Reading

Consultant Splash Cold Water on Microsoft’s Project Natick

Carl Weinschenk

One of the more interesting recent news items was the announcement earlier this month by Microsoft of Project Natick, which is an experiment that focuses on underwater datacenters. Mark Monroe, the President of Energetic Consulting, raised some issues with the feasibility of the concept at Datacenter Knowledge. Microsoft pointed to the fact that a many   …Continue Reading

PEBs Cost More But Save Over Time

Carl Weinschenk

Positive Energy Buildings (PEBs) – buildings that generate more energy than they use — is the pinnacle of green building design, according to Andrew Solberg, Coy Miller, and Keith Kibbee, authors of an article at Consulting-Specifying Engineer. The idea is to create buildings designing these buildings is to design buildings that create and store enough energy   …Continue Reading

How Microsoft Secured 285 MW of Wind Energy in 2 Years

Karen Henry

In just two years, Microsoft was able to contract for 285 MW of renewable power from two off-site wind energy projects, according to a post on the Rocky Mountain Institute blog RMI Outlet. While off-site renewable energy transactions often require one to two years to complete, Microsoft completed its first transaction in six months, and its   …Continue Reading

End-Use Customers Ink 23% of Wind Contracts in 2014

Josh Kessler

The American Wind Energy Association reported that retail and other non-utility buyers signed 23 percent of the wind power purchase agreements (PPAs) inked in 2014. This represents over 1,770 MW of generation. Other renewable energy customers mentioned in the article include leading technology firms like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo!—as well as other major retail   …Continue Reading

County Trials Energy Tracking Software Used by Microsoft

Linda Hardesty

King County, Washington, plans to pilot the same energy-tracking software that Microsoft uses to reduce energy consumption at many of its buildings. Seattle-based design firm MacDonald-Miller will install the software at five King County facilities for the two-year pilot project. Iconics developed the software using Microsoft’s cloud-based Azure platform. The energy tracking software will provide   …Continue Reading

Microsoft Tests Fuel Cells at ‘Server Level’

Linda Hardesty

Microsoft is testing Redox Power Systems fuel cells to power individual server racks within a data center in a three-year, $5 million project, reports Gigaom. The project, using a grant from the Department of Energy’s ARPA-E program, is unusual because most data centers that use fuel cells install the fuel cells away from the servers,   …Continue Reading

Modern Data Centers Faster, More Energy Efficient

Karen Henry

Innovations in modern data center design have been shepherded by the likes of Google, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft and include improvements to power supply and distribution, more flexible hardware, new cooling methods and cloud-oriented server design. An article in InformationWeek highlights some of the more recent data center innovations that are being implemented by conventional   …Continue Reading

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