AMD to Power Austin Campus with 100% Renewable Energy

AMD to Power Austin Campus with 100% Renewable Energy

Microprocessor maker AMD has agreed to purchase green energy derived from renewable resources that will power all AMD Austin operations for the next ten years including the new AMD Austin Campus, which is expected to be operational in 2007. The new agreement makes AMD the largest private Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Partner in Texas, the fifth largest private partner in the U.S. and 12th largest overall partner in the nation.

The green power purchases will be made through the Austin Energy GreenChoice program, which uses local wind power and landfill methane gas to provide clean energy, improving air quality by lowering power plant emissions and reducing reliance on non-replaceable fossil fuels. Turbines at three West Texas wind farms harness the wind to supply pollution-free energy. Two landfills, one located just outside Austin and the other located near San Antonio, collect methane produced by decay to generate electricity.

AMD was one of the first companies in Austin to purchase green power through the Austin Energy GreenChoice Program and has subscribed to all four batches of green energy offered since the program was launched in 2000.

"AMD's long-term commitment to green energy is an important step forward in encouraging wide adoption of renewable energy sources," said Kurt Johnson, director, EPA Green Power Partnership. "AMD is providing an outstanding example of environmental leadership."

"The use of green energy is good for the environment and good for business," said Craig Garcia, director of global corporate services, AMD. "It helps AMD reduce overall energy costs because as the price of energy derived from traditional fossil fuels continues to increase, green power is purchased at a fixed rate over the life of the contract. According to Austin Energy, AMD's purchase of green energy over the 10 year period is expected to eliminate the equivalent pollution created by 9,055 cars in Austin each year or the amount of energy needed to power 5,263 homes in Austin annually."

The use of 100% green power at the new AMD campus in Austin builds on plans to use green building techniques and materials to set a new standard for environmental development. The consolidation of multiple non-manufacturing offices spread throughout the city into a unified campus located in closer proximity to the majority of local employees will reduce traffic, minimize fuel consumption, and improve air quality.

On a global scale, AMD has committed to reduce energy use by 30%, water use by 40% and greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by the end of 2007, normalized and relative to 2002 performance levels. In addition, AMD uses cogeneration facilities to supply nearly 100% of the energy required by Fab 30 and Fab 36 in Dresden, Germany achieving 20% higher efficiency than conventional systems.