Austin, TX, Oct. 25, 2005 — AMD announced a new agreement with the Austin Energy GreenChoice Program to purchase green energy derived from renewable resources that will power all AMD Austin operations for the next 10 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.
“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,” said Craig Garcia, director of global corporate services, AMD.
Partnering with Austin Energy’s GreenChoice Program is one of many AMD initiatives aimed at protecting the environment both in Austin and around the world. In Austin, the use of 100 percent 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.
Austin Energy’s GreenChoice program is recognized as the leading utility-sponsored green power program in the nation by the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Austin Energy utilizes 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.