January 29, 2018
Renewable energy has seen big changes this week in utilities, tech companies, and even your beer. Cheers.
In 2017, according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance report, 43 businesses signed long-term agreements for a record 5.4 gigawatts of renewable energy. That’s enough to replace 10 coal-fired power plants! Chief among those businesses are tech giants Apple and Facebook: Apple purchased a record 200 megawatts of solar in 2017, planning to use it to power a data center in Reno, Nevada.
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Major utility Xcel energy, which serves 8 states in the Midwest, has accelerated its renewable energy commitment from 35% by 2030 to 60% by 2030, thereby cutting its emissions 80% by that year. Seeing that the 35% goal is achievable by 2023, due in no small part to the falling costs of renewable energy, Xcel raised its renewable energy commitment.
Learn more about UPROSE’s mission to bring about a just transition away from fossil fuels here.
As part of AB Inbev’s transition to 100% renewable energy, Budweiser drinkers will find a new symbol on every label of the beer that’s brewed in US facilities where Anheuser-Busch powers its operations with renewable energy. As that commitment scales to its production facilities worldwide, other markets will also start seeing packaging with the new symbol.