On Monday 29th January 2018, T-Mobile announced that they will move to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2021. The telecoms company confirmed that have finalised a contract to source wind power from the Solomon Forks Wind Project in Kansas. T-Mobile already utilise energy from the Red Dirt Wind Power Project in Oklahoma. The two wind farms will generate 60 per cent of T-Mobile's electricity needs. To reach 100% renewable energy, T-Mobile intends to purchase more wind power with the aim of accounting for every "unit of electricity the company consumes".
John Legere, T-Mobile's CEO and President stated that the move to renewable energy will "cut T-Mobile's energy costs by around $100 million in the next 15 years". There will also be corresponding reduction in T-Mobile's carbon footprint. The telecoms group also pledged to donate $500,000 to clean energy non-profit, and also confirmed that the investment in clean energy would increase to $1.5 million, if both the larger U.S rivals Verizon and AT&T match its renewable energy commitment.
T-Mobile have also taken the formal step of joining the RE100, a global initiative comprised of more than 100 influential businesses including Google, Apple, Facebook and Bloomberg, all of which are committed to 100% renewable electricity. Legere said in a statement: “We’re going to drag the other guys kicking and screaming into the clean power future”. This coupled with recent speculation that the U.S may stay in the Paris climate accord, opens the possibility of larger businesses pursuing green energy whilst also making significant savings on energy costs.
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