Renewable energy is in the wind at Facebook, as the social network announced that when its data center in Altoona, Iowa, begins serving traffic in early 2015, the facility will be fully powered by a new wind energy project in nearby Wellsburg.
The partnership Facebook announced in October with the Natural Resources Defense Council and Opower finally came to fruition with today’s launch of a social energy application, in conjunction with 16 utilities.
LIVE COVERAGE of Facebook’s announcement of the open compute project, a partnership with several vendors to create energy efficient data centers. Be sure to hit refresh to keep up with the real-time updates of this post!
People are posting on Facebook about nationwide gas boycotts — one occurring tomorrow and another one on May 15 — at an increasing pace.
A new Facebook group set up by Greenpeace is calling for Facebook to use 100 percent renewable energy within their data centers. This is a reinvigorated movement from the initial backlash against Facebook’s environmental policies at the beginning of February. The latest group has over 150,000 members, far more than any previous group that has attempted to get Facebook to change their environmental policies.