Three IBM SoftLayer cloud data centers in Texas powered by 100 percent wind energy

22 Apr 2015 -- Three IBM SoftLayer cloud data centers in Texas recently became U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Partners in the EPA's Green Power Partnership. One hundred percent of the electricity used to power the data centers has been purchased from wind generation facilities in Texas since April 2014.

These green power purchases demonstrate IBM's sustained commitment, since 2001, to increase its renewable electricity purchases. In addition, the purchases will directly contribute toward achieving IBM's new renewable energy goal: to procure 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

IBM works with its electricity providers to directly procure renewable electricity to supply IBM's facilities. This enables IBM to match its renewable electricity purchases and the avoided CO2 emissions to the operating locations where the electricity is consumed. Working with IBM's electricity providers to source renewable electricity for IBM's operations communicates the importance IBM attaches to its supplier's efforts to increase their renewable generation capacity to help to further reduce IBM's consumption of electricity generated from fossil fuels.

EPA's Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to use green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use.