In an exciting show of support for the fight to end climate change, T-Mobile has made the commitment to use 100% renewable energy by 2021. This comes in response to the RE100, which is a collaborative led by The Climate Group. It's goal is to get the most influential companies in the world to switch over to 100% renewable energy. So far 129 companies have signed onto the pledge, and the RE100 has spread from North America to other countries such as India and China as well.
Through changing these top businesses over to 100% renewable energy, RE100 head Sam Kimmins hopes that it will drive the rest of the world to make the switch to renewable energy. Large businesses changing how they run won't just help reduce their carbon footprint—it may help change infrastructure itself. In a quote, Sam Kimmins said about T-Mobile's commitment, “It's great to see T-Mobile US shifting to renewables for its power consumption. As a large electricity consumer in the US, they can truly transform energy systems by bringing significant renewable capacity online – all of that while delivering real value to their customers. I congratulate them for a great commitment.”
T-Mobile answered the call and has already made large strides toward this goal by unveiling their plans to assist in the creation of a wind farm in order to help support their energy requirements. T-Mobile is no stranger to wind farms. They already have a long term agreement with a wind farm in Oklahoma that went online in December, 2017 for 160MW of energy. The wind farm is owned and operated by Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA). The new farm will also have a commitment from t-mobile of 160MW. Together, these two farms will produce about 60% of the energy the carrier requires. They plan to purchase the rest of the power from renewable sources, to reach 100% in just three short years.
John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile, is excited to be a part of the project. When asked about the project he said, “...And it’s not just the right thing to do – it’s smart business! We expect to cut T-Mobile’s energy costs by around $100 million in the next 15 years thanks to this move. Imagine the awesome things we can do for our customers with that!”
While the other giants in the industry are taking steps to reduce their environmental impact, T-Mobile is thus far the only carrier to accept the 100% renewable energy challenge. T-Mobile has set up a petition asking two of the other mega carriers, AT&T and Verizon Wireless, to take the challenge as well. You can support this by signing their petition, or tweeting using the hash tag #cleanupwireless in order to lend your voice to their cause.
T-Mobile joins other leading companies such as Nike, Google, Facebook and Microsoft in their pledge to convert to 100% renewable energy through this project.
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