Working together for a cleaner, greener internet

WORKING TOGETHER FOR A CLEANER, GREENER INTERNET.

In collaboration with partners Apple, Etsy, and Swiss Re, Akamai is pioneering a collaborative renewable procurement model for buying renewable energy, and advancing a clean-powered, low-carbon internet in the process.

We’re leading the way for mid-market businesses that want to buy clean power.

Sustainability is more than a buzzword; it’s a reality. More businesses are switching to renewable energy in response to concerns about climate change. But investing in renewables can be prohibitively expensive for anyone other than corporate giants with large, centralized operations that can buy at the utility-scale. As with any power plant, constructing new wind and solar farms is expensive, and investors in new projects need assurance that there will be a profitable revenue stream for the energy produced.

Together with our partners and our customers, we’re pioneering a model for buying renewable energy that makes these projects more attractive to developers and financiers, and more accessible to smaller businesses. Our recent collaboration with Apple, Etsy, and Swiss Re involves constructing a solar farm in Virginia and a wind farm in Illinois. Together these are expected to generate more than 560 gigawatt-hours of clean power annually. Individually, Akamai's, Etsy's and Swiss Re’s relatively small and geographically-distributed power needs were not enough to justify construction or gain interest from developers. But by banding together with Apple, we were able to bring an attractive offer to renewable project developers, who in turn could provide utility-scale pricing.

about our collaboration with Apple, Swiss Re, and Etsy

Our Clean Energy Farms

Privately-procured clean power farms, strategically located in the same power markets as our network data center operations, are one way Akamai is working to hit our 2020 goal to power 50% of our global network operations with renewable energy by 2020.

What is a power market?

A power market is a grouping of regional electricity grids, often cross-state, that pool electricity from all the power generators on those grids. One of Akamai’s principles is to procure clean energy from new renewable projects in the same markets where our network data centers operate, so that we contribute clean, renewable energy to the same grids we pull from.

How much is a megawatt?

1 MW power plant can provide power to around 350 U.S. homes, depending on environmental conditions, energy use, and type of energy produced.

We are proud to be partnering with Apple, Etsy and Swiss Re to accelerate renewable energy adoption. For Akamai, this collaboration was critical in closing these deals, and, in conjunction with our Texas wind project, signed last year, we are on target to achieve our 50% goal by 2020.

Jim Benson, Akamai EVP and CFO.

50% by 2020

Today, it’s not enough for the internet to be fast, reliable, and secure. Our customers also want it green and clean. That’s why we’ve committed to powering our global network operations—including our outsourced data centers—with 50% renewable energy by 2020.

Our Progress

Seymour Hills Wind Farm

This wind farm outside of Dallas, TX, was our first investment in privately-procured renewable energy, and paved the way for other mid-market buyers to enter the clean power market. Set to go online in November 2018, the project is intended to cover 100% of our network energy use in Texas. We have a 20-year commitment to buy 9% of the energy generated by this project.

Highlander Solar Farm

Together with the Green River Wind Farm in Illinois, this project is intended to cover 67% of our energy use in the PJM power market. We have a 15-year commitment to buy 17% of the energy generated by this project.

Green River Wind Farm

Together with the Highlander Solar Farm in Virginia, this project is intended to cover 33% of our energy use in the PJM power market. We have a 13-year commitment to buy 7% of the energy generated by this farm.

Supplier Partnerships

Our operational business model involves global outsourcing with data centers around the world. Through our own efforts and our membership in the Future of Internet Power, we’re educating our supply chain partners about renewable energy and encouraging them to make the switch too. Collaboration cleans the grid faster than we could alone, and expands our impact through the supply chain.

Europe Initiatives

We are exploring project opportunities in Europe to expand our renewable energy coverage to our European network operations.

Grid Renewables

In states and countries that are proactively decarbonizing the grid—such as California, Sweden and Spain—we are taking advantage of existing grid-sourced clean energy to power our network. If we can encourage more grid renewables, that helps everyone.

This collective approach is a great way to bring more buyers into the market, especially those with small and/or distributed energy footprints by enabling better economic terms of a large project. sPower is honored to work with Akamai, Apple and Etsy, and to be a part of their movement to voluntarily mitigate the impacts of carbon and greenhouse gas emissions that are so critical to our future.

Ryan Creamer, CEO, sPower, an independent power producer.

Growing our business without increasing our footprint.

In parallel to advancing a clean-powered internet, we’re also working to cap our overall energy needs. Over the past eight years we’ve been able to grow our business significantly with only negligible increases in our carbon footprint and overall energy use.

As a result of Akamai, Apple, and Etsy’s willingness to come together to do a joint offer, we could provide a cost-effective bid, and drive down transaction expenses, allowing everyone to benefit from the scale of a larger construction build.

Ryan Creamer, CEO sPower, an independent power producer.