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Netflix Just Started Reporting Renewable Energy Use and Content Removal

February 08, 2020 / Anders Bylund

Netflix effectively sources all of its electric power from renewable sources. Where no direct source of green power is available, the company purchases renewable energy certificates (RNEs) to make up the difference. In this way, green energy powered Netflix's entire internal power consumption of 94 gigawatt hours (GWh) in 2019. The report also addressed the 357 GWh that was required to drive Netflix's external computing and networking operations through partners suc as Alphabet's (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google Cloud and Amazon.com's (NASDAQ:AMZN) Amazon Web Services. In this case, the entire power activity was matched to an equal amount of RNEs. Netflix's renewable power record is not completely airtight, though. The company doesn't support the indirect power needs of 167 million global subscribers through RNEs.