Big 3 cloud providers look to renewables to power in-demand data centers

Microsoft president Brad Smith wrote that the company wants to cut its operational carbon emissions 75% by 2030, in a blog post last week. The company has an internal carbon fee or tax to "hold our business divisions financially responsible for reducing their carbon emissions," said Smith. Microsoft doubled the fee it pays to $15 per metric ton of all carbon emissions. The increased fee is meant to keep the company's carbon neutrality in check. Microsoft hit its first renewable energy goal, set in 2016, almost a year ahead of schedule. Before the end of 2019, 60% of Microsoft's data centers will be powered on renewable energy, according to Smith. As cloud demands rise, big tech companies like Microsoft, Google and Amazon Web Services are attempting to shrink their carbon footprints with the use of non-traditional energy sources.

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