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Microsoft targets 50% renewable energy usage at data centers by 2018

MicrosoftCorp. aims to increase the amount of renewable energy it buysdirectly and through the grid for its data centers to 50% of its supply by 2018and 60% early on the next decade, the company said on its GreenBlog.

The company's green energy usage for its data centers iscurrently at 44%.

"We're now entering a new era of the Fourth IndustrialRevolution, in which major advances in every field will be driven by data — theelectricity of our age — and the datacenters that will make this massive use ofdata possible," Rob Bernard, who is part of Microsoft's corporate, externaland legal affairs group, said in the blog post. "Tremendous amounts ofenergy will be required to power this data-driven revolution."

As a cloud company, Microsoft has the to address its energyusage, Bernard maintained.

Microsoft in April signed a joint amicus brief in support ofthe White House's Clean PowerPlan. Other renewable initiatives include the green attributes of DominionVirginia Power's planned 20-MW Remingtonsolar project and participating in a battery research initiative at theUniversity of Texas at San Antonio's Texas Sustainable Energy ResearchInstitute.

Dominion Virginia Power, a subsidiary, isknown legally as VirginiaElectric and Power Co.