Microsoft is committed to increasing their purchase of green power and making long-term purchase agreements to power their facilities with local renewable energy. Yesterday, Microsoft and Puget Sound Energy (PSE) announced that the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) has approved a contract that will allow Microsoft to directly purchase clean energy from PSE to power its 15 million-square-foot Puget Sound region campus. This contract covers approximately 80 percent of Microsoft’s total energy load in the Puget Sound area.
The terms of the contract stipulate that Microsoft will buy only carbon-free energy; purchase renewables at a level greatly in excess of the Renewable Portfolio Standards percentages established by the Washington Energy Independence Act (I-937), more than doubling that standard in 2021; and take significant actions to protect ratepayers, including payment of a substantial transition fee and ongoing funding for conservation and low-income programs. Microsoft will continue to utilize PSE’s distribution system.
“This agreement is good for our business, but more important it’s good for residents, the environment and the state of Washington,” said Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer of Microsoft. “Once the transition is complete, the vast majority of our Puget Sound campus will be powered solely by carbon-free fuels. This contract is a helpful innovation in meeting the demand for renewable energy in a way that protects other energy consumers.”
“We’re proud to be a part of Microsoft’s response to renewable energy demands, and we’re proud to be part of the lives of our million-plus customers across Western Washington,” said Kimberly Harris, president and CEO of Puget Sound Energy.