AMD, a leading supplier of computer microprocessors and memory, announced that it has committed to purchase renewable energy to meet 100% of the electricity needs of its Austin operations for the next 10 years, including its new Austin Campus, which is expected to be operational in 2007. AMD was one of the first companies in Austin to purchase green power through Austin Energy's GreenChoice program and has expanded its purchases over time. Currently, AMD purchases more than 52 million kWh of green power annually from Austin Energy, making it the 12th largest purchaser in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership program.
The company's green power purchases have helped reduce overall corporate energy costs because the green power is purchased at a fixed rate over the life of the contract. Globally, AMD has committed to reduce its energy use by 30%, water use by 40%, and greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by the end of 2007, relative to 2002 performance levels.
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