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Green Power Partnership

Partner Profile

Apple Inc.
Location Cupertino, CA
Organization Type Technology & Telecom
Annual Green Power Usage (kWh) 1,021,607,000
Percentage Green Power 100%
Percent of Green Power Use Third-Party Certified (excluding On-site) 84%
Organization-wide Partner Yes
Partner's Reporting Period 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
Latest Annual Report Received On 4/29/2015
Awards/Recognition Green Power Leadership Award 2013, Partner of the Year 2014, Partner of the Year 2015
Environmental Web Page exit EPA
Partner Profile
At Apple, we already achieved 100 percent renewable for all our U.S. operations (including all of our data centers), and are up to 87 percent for our worldwide operations.

To achieve this we use a tiered approach—starting with energy efficiency, followed by an aggressive use of Apple-owned, new renewable energy generation projects, and then through industry-leading partnerships with utilities and renewable energy providers for grid-purchased renewable energy.

When investing in grid-purchased renewable energy, we prefer projects that clearly demonstrate the principle of 'additionality,' whereby Apple's involvement causes new renewable energy sources to be developed and brought to the market.

Our preference in grid-purchased renewable energy is to contract directly with renewable generation sources. However, we cannot purchase energy this way everywhere we operate—in some cases, regulations actually prohibit it. In such situations, Apple purchases renewable energy credits (RECs) instead. Apple may also purchase RECs as a short-term bridging strategy while we await regulatory approvals, long-term contract execution, renewable facility construction, and other long lead-time efforts to come to fruition. When we purchase RECs, we prefer they come from the same the same state as the Apple facility they support.

In the future, as our facilities and data centers grow, we will increase our renewable energy participation to keep pace with growth.

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