After Greenpeace protests, Apple promises to dump coal power


Apple is cleaning up its energy act.

The computer company says that by early next year, the energy used to
power its worldwide data centers will all come from renewable sources,
such as solar, wind power, or hydroelectric dams. It announced the news
Thursday in a post on its website.

That’s a victory for the environmental activists at Greenpeace, who
have been pressuring Apple for more than a year to clean up its act and
commit to renewable energy.

A major sticking point has been Apple’s Maiden, N.C., facility, which is on the inexpensive but partially coal-powered Duke Energy grid.
Apple had already started building a 100-acre solar array and a biogas
energy plant on the site, but was still using Duke for a large chunk of
the power at the 500,000-square-foot data center.

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