Data Centers

Microsoft Recognized for Innovative Wind Energy Deal in Wyoming: A Q&A with Brian Janous

The renewable energy industry has grown substantially in recent years, led mostly by increased demand for wind and solar energy from a few large companies, like Microsoft. But it will take increased engagement from companies and utilities of all sizes to bring about an advanced energy economy that benefits everyone, and our planet—and that means […]

Energy Efficiency and Designing the Datacenters of the Future

Datacenters have become the engine of transformation across every sector of our economy. But this engine requires a lot of energy. That has led us, as a company, to invest in clean energy for our datacenters and cutting-edge energy efficiency R&D projects to reduce our overall energy consumption. It would be a mistake to view […]

Leading the Sustainable Data Revolution

We are at the cusp of a transformation – as a society, as an industry and as a company. That was the message I delivered to a diverse group of environmental and energy leaders at VERGE16 at my keynote session yesterday. The world is experiencing the very real effects of climate change, including extreme weather, […]

Microsoft Partners with UTSA for Next-Gen Energy Storage

Last week, Microsoft joined NRG Energy at The University of Texas at San Antonio’s (UTSA) Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute (TSERI) to announce new research showing that batteries can help ease the transition to a grid increasingly powered by renewables. Learn more about the announcement and the three-year agreement between UTSA and Microsoft to research […]

Microsoft and Primus Power Announce New Pilot Program for Datacenter Energy Storage

Today I was honored to participate in the White House’s “Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage with Smart Markets” event. It was a pleasure to meet with public and private sector professionals to discuss critical energy topics, including the acceleration of commercial energy storage. Exploring next generation technologies for energy storage and management is a key […]

Microsoft Hosts Renewable Energy Alliance Summit

Microsoft was honored to host the Renewable Energy Alliance (REBA) Summit at our Redmond campus last month. Addressing climate change requires partnership across industries, and we believe that convening this group of industry leaders was an important step to ensuring a more sustainable future. At the REBA Summit, Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer Brad […]

Welcoming Jim Hanna as Director of Datacenter Sustainability

Today, we’re pleased to announce that Jim Hanna will join Microsoft in a newly created role as Director for Datacenter Sustainability. Jim’s addition to our team is part of our ongoing commitment to strengthen Microsoft’s work to make our data centers more sustainable. As we’ve discussed over the past year, Microsoft is committed to building […]

Keechi Wind Project: One Year Later

One year ago, Microsoft announced our first power purchase agreement (PPA) for wind energy in Texas. This agreement was a significant milestone in our commitment to carbon neutrality and also showcases how our internal carbon fee is shifting how we are able to build environmental sustainability into our long-term business planning. When we announced the […]

Microsoft’s Biogas-Powered Data Plant Opens in Wyoming –

Two years ago, we announced a partnership with a number of private and public sector partners to build the first zero-carbon datacenter, called a Data Plant—a fuel cell-powered datacenter that simplifies the power distribution infrastructure by bringing together the power plant with the datacenter to radically improve efficiency. We are excited to announce that yesterday, […]

Microsoft’s Environmental Action Award: Recognizing Brian Janous for His Leadership on Energy

Each quarter, Microsoft gives out an Environmental Sustainability Action Award, along with a donation to an environmental charity of the winner’s choice, in recognition of an employee or team who has shown leadership, exemplifying how Microsoft and its employees can have a positive impact. For Q4 of FY14, we are pleased to honor Brian Janous, […]