Greenpeace has evaluated ten companies giving cloud facility including Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Amazon and other services. It has been reported that although the companies know about the utilization and benefits of renewable energy sources but they are largely ignoring it and many of the companies are not transparent in disclosing the necessary information regarding energy production.
[hana-code-insert name=’StumbleUpon’ /][hana-code-insert name=’Reddit’ /]“We expect these companies to play a pivotal role in ensuring we move to clean, safe renewable energy system and avoid future disasters like Fukishima,” Gary Cook, Greenpeace IT Policy Analyst said. “But the IT industry’s failure to disclose basic information on its rapidly growing energy footprint has hidden a continued reliance on 19th century dirty coal power to power its 21st century infrastructure. We think consumers want to know that when they upload a video or change their Facebook status that they are not contributing to toxic coal ash, global warming or future Fukishima’s.”
According to the report, Apple is the leader in using the “dirty energy”, i.e. nonrenewable energy, while Google and Facebook are showing more commitment to move towards renewable energy sources such as wind, solar energy and hydroelectric power. However, according to Apple, Greenpeace has made some errors in estimating the power consumption of Apple’s Maiden, North Carolina, facility such as Greenpeace said the facility is drawing 100 megawatts of electricity but according to Apple spokeswoman it is drawing 20 megawatts of electricity.
Cheap prices of the energy is leading the internet companies towards east as reported by the Environmental group Greenpeace.
According to the report, the companies are moving their facilities towards the North Carolina, Virginia, northeastern Illinois and other regions.