Renewable Energy

Beyond Energy Efficiency – Using the Power of Data to Find the Cleanest Hours of the Day

On an average morning, you turn off your alarm, turn on the lights, power on your smartphone that was charging overnight, take a hot shower, make a cup of coffee, all while watching the local news. This morning routine is all powered by electricity. The green-minded citizen will turn those lights and appliances off quickly, […]

How Microsoft Technology is Enabling an Autonomous Grid

The electricity industry is undergoing a transformational change. In the technology sector, we have become accustomed to major shifts in our industry every few years. But if you are a utility, these disruptions are likely keeping you up at night. How do you deliver reliable energy to a more engaged and dynamic customer base when […]

For Microsoft Employees, Earth Day is Everyday

What do tracking bees, optimizing smart grids, helping farmers in India determine the best time to sow their crops, and recycling used e-devices have in common? These are just some of the passions that I have seen Microsoft employees embrace and pursue, carrying the spirit of Earth Day with them throughout the year. They are […]

Joint Tech Amici Statement on Clean Power Plan

The following is a joint statement from Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft (“Tech Amici” that previously filed a joint amicus brief), issued on March 28, 2017, regarding the recent executive action on the Clean Power Plan:   Climate change is one of our most significant global challenges and strong action is critical to meeting the […]

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 […]

New Report Shows Momentum Toward an Advanced Energy Future

We know clean energy is good for the environment and that it’s a smart investment for the future of our business. Market data now shows just how important advanced energy is for the growth and sustainability of our economy overall. A new report from Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) released today shows that the U.S. advanced […]

Four Green Tech Predictions for 2017

The end of the calendar year is a traditional time of reflection, of the ups and downs of the past year, and to think about what to expect in 2017. As Microsoft’s chief environmental strategist, I am encouraged by the progress made on some environmental issues in the past year, but there is still much […]

Microsoft Announces Two New Partnerships that Leverage Cloud Capabilities for Smarter Energy Policy and Deployment

The Paris climate accord is on pace to enter into force well ahead of schedule. Now, the world’s attention is shifting to the immense task of formulating strategies and solutions that will allow countries to reduce their carbon emissions. Addressing climate change will require action not only from these national governments, but also from private […]

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 […]