Dell, a leading computer manufacturer, announced that it is purchasing green power for all of the electricity needs of its 2.1 million square-foot global headquarters in Houston, Texas, which houses more than 10,000 employees. The approximately 80 million kWh of green power will be supplied by TXU Energy from Texas-based wind farms (60%) and from Waste Management's Austin Community Landfill gas-to-energy plant (40%). Dell also announced it is more than doubling its purchase of green power through Austin Energy's GreenChoice program to meet 17% of the electricity needs at its Austin Parmer Campus, up from 8% previously. The purchase of green power gives Dell price certainty on its operational costs for power, and the company expects it may see cost benefits to using green power in the future. In addition, Dell procures green power for all of the electricity needs of its Twin Falls, Idaho, facility from wind (97%) and solar (3%) resources.
In September 2007, Dell announced it would make company owned and leased facilities "carbon neutral" in 2008 through a strategy of improving energy-efficiency in its operations and maximizing the purchase of renewable power. This commitment is part of the company's climate strategy which also seeks to minimize carbon impact of supplier operations and customer product use.
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