T-Mobile recently commitment to move to 100% renewable energy by 2021, making it the first of the big four telecom companies in the United States to make such a pledge.
Green America, an organization that promotes ethical consumerism, is calling on AT&T and Verizon, the two largest telecom companies in the US, to increase their renewable energy use to 100% by 2025, and will be issuing a report on the industry titled “Clean Energy is Calling” in February that will track the progress of the four largest companies in the sector – AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile – in adopting clean energy and energy efficiency measures, and reducing their greenhouse gasses overall.
T-Mobile is now committing $500,000 to a non-profit that is specifically dedicated to pushing clean energy initiatives. If AT&T and Verizon join in, the company will triple its total.
A video featuring John Legere, T-Mobile’s CEO and president, urges people to grab the attention of both AT&T and Verizon’s CEOs — Randall Stephenson and Lowell McAdam, respectively — by contacting them. If one of the two carriers commits to 100% renewable energy by June 1, T-Mobile will throw in $100,00. If both carriers commit, then T-Mobile will raise the amount to $1.5 million.
T-Mobile unveiled that the company has finalized a contract for 160 MWs from Infinity Renewables’ Solomon Forks Wind Project in Kansas, with power generation slated to begin in early 2019. The Solomon Forks project marks T-Mobile’s second major wind power project. The first, the Red Dirt Wind Project operated by Enel Green Power in Oklahoma, went online this past December. Combined, the two will generate 320 MWs for T-Mobile, enough to meet an estimated 60% of the company’s total energy needs nationwide.
To reach 100%, T-Mobile will buy enough wind power annually to account for every unit of electricity the company consumes. The company is also focused on creating new energy from renewable sources, buying only from projects that wouldn’t exist without T-Mobile’s involvement.
Formalizing its commitment to go 100% renewable, T-Mobile US also joined Nike, Google, Microsoft and Facebook as part of RE100. Started by The Climate Group, RE100 works with leading businesses around the world to switch private sector electricity demand to renewables and accelerate the transformation of the global energy market and the transition to a low carbon economy. T-Mobile will report electricity data annually to RE100, who will report on the company’s progress.
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