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Amazon is the 500-pound gorilla in a room full of puppies when it comes to corporate buying of wind and solar power


Seen here is Timber Road, an Ohio wind farm, that is part of Amazon’s clean energy portfolio.Photo courtesy Amazon.Big Tech companies are dominating the purchase of clean power. Among the group of frontrunners, Amazon is lapping all of the Big Tech companies many times over.In 2022, Amazon bought 10.9 gigawatts of clean power, making it the largest corporate buyer of renewable power in the world, according to data from the market research company BloombergNEF. That’s enough energy to power the entire country of Ecuador.It’s also more than four times the amount of clean energy that the second-largest purchaser of clean power, Facebook parent company Meta, bought in 2022. Google, Microsoft, and Codelco, a Chilean state-owned copper mining company, rounded out the top five.In 2019, Amazon announced The Climate Pledge, making a public commitment for the entire business to be net zero carbon by 2040. At that time, Amazon accelerated its commitment to power its operations with 100% renewable energy from 2030 to 2025.”When we announced The Pledge in 2019, we got really serious and I would say rigorous and mechanized about our approach to renewable energy,” said Charley Daitch, director of energy and water infrastructure at Amazon Web Services, Amazon’s cloud …

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