Energy Efficiency - March 7, 2022
Microsoft Launches Energy Matching Software
Microsoft announced it is partnering to develop an energy matching technology solution that allows customers to fully achieve their zero emissions goals.
The software company is collaborating with Constellation to provide customers with a more environmentally-conscious option, utilizing technology to match a customer’s power needs with local carbon-free energy sources 24 hours a day.
By combining renewable and clean energy with 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.
“Constellation is leading our nation’s response to the climate crisis, and we are building new tools to accelerate progress on behalf of our customers. Our new 24/7/365 real-time energy matching solution will allow customers to fully achieve their zero emissions goals,” said Joseph Dominguez, CEO of Constellation in a statement. “This Microsoft partnership aligns with both companies’ commitment to advancing the critical transition to carbon-free energy. Our collective expertise supports customers’ increasing need to understand and reduce their carbon footprints.”
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 a real-time carbon accounting solution of its kind.
The additional benefits of the partnership include:
- 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 adopt Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform to develop clean energy solutions with enhanced data analytics, enabling Constellation customers to better understand their environmental footprints and take action to achieve their environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) goals.
- 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.
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