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Microsoft's green plan: Our data centers will run on 60% renewable energy by 2020

Microsoft tapping wind power to ease data center burden on IrelandMicrosoft buys wind energy from GE and a license to supply energy to Ireland's grid.Microsoft says at the end of 2018 half the power used by its data centers came from renewable energy and it should hit 60 percent by the end of 2019. With the 60 percent milestone in sight, the company is now targeting over 70 percent renewable energy for its data centers by 2023.Microsoft is aiming to cut its carbon emissions by 75 percent by 2030 and as part of that effort has raised its internal carbon 'tax' to $15 per metric ton on all carbon emissions, which is nearly double the current rate for carbon emissions, according to Microsoft president Brad Smith. Microsoft has had a carbon tax in place since 2012 that puts the burden on business divisions financially to cut their own carbon emissions. SEE: Cloud v. data center decision (ZDNet special report) | Download the report as a PDF (TechRepublic)The higher fee comes amidst Microsoft's massive revamp of its Redmond campus, where it's tearing down old buildings and constructing 17 modernized structures across 2.5 million square feet. The new buildings, including existing ones, will not use fossil fuels and will run on totally carbon-free electricity.Additionally, it's cutting the carbon stemming from construction materials used in the big campus rebuild by at least 15 percent with a goal to reduce carbon by 30 percent. "Combined with our smart building technology, Microsoft will be the first large corporate campus to reach zero-carbon and zero-waste goals," Smith said. Microsoft's new renewable targets follow Apple's announcement last week that 44 suppliers have now signed up to the Supplier Clean Energy Program. Apple claimed to be operating on...

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