Retail Supplier Launches Sustainability Partnership With Microsoft Featuring 24/7/365 Real-Time Carbon-Free Energy Matching Solution
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Constellation announced today it is collaborating with Microsoft on the development of a 24/7/365 energy matching technology solution, in what was described as a five-year strategic collaboration
Also under the partnership, Microsoft will purchase a portion of its clean energy supply from Constellation over five years, representing the first power sales agreement between the two companies.
"Constellation will soon be providing customers a better and more environmentally conscious option, utilizing breakthrough technology to match a customer’s power needs with local carbon-free energy sources, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year," Constellation said
"By combining renewable and clean energy with exciting new technologies such as battery storage, fuel cells and hydrogen, Constellation will provide customers with a real-time, data-driven carbon accounting solution that goes beyond the current practice of annualizing renewable energy certificates and credits. As it develops this product, Constellation will be working with Microsoft to create software that gives customers a transparent and independently verified view of their sustainability efforts," Constellation said
"In addition to collaborating with Constellation to develop the 24/7/365 solution, Microsoft will become one of its first customers, pioneering use of the new tools to intake, store, match and report emissions data on an hourly basis," said Ravi Krishnaswamy, corporate vice president, Microsoft Cloud for Industry. "Over time, we look forward to realizing additional synergies between the two companies to further enhance our ability to serve our customers while advancing Microsoft’s commitment to sustainability."
"Currently, most net zero clean energy supplies are achieved by offsetting energy use through clean energy certificates or credits on an annual basis, without considering where or when the energy was produced. Constellation and Microsoft’s new 24/7/365 solution takes the guesswork out of carbon accounting by matching electricity use with a local clean energy source in real time. By providing hour-by-hour regional tracking, Constellation’s 24/7/365 solution will be the most advanced, real-time carbon accounting solution of its kind, going beyond other net zero programs that aggregate clean energy megawatts over time, and giving customers clearer and more accurate data on their emissions impact," Constellation said
Constellation said that, "In December 2021, the U.S. government issued an executive order requiring federal government facilities to transition to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2030, committing that at least half will be locally supplied to meet 24/7/365 demand. To support this order, the U.S. Government has issued a Request for Information (RFI) from companies interested in supplying carbon-free electricity to federal government facilities. Constellation intends to submit an RFI for consideration and the partnership with Microsoft is a critical component to supporting this initiative."
"Constellation and Microsoft will seek to use their expansive customer bases and business partnerships to advance clean energy technology, including migration to Microsoft Azure and enhancements to Constellation’s smart utility expense management platform, Pear.ai," the companies said