30 May '12, 12pm

Why telcos like Verizon emphasize efficiency over renewables

Why telcos like Verizon emphasize efficiency over renewables

Instead of solar and wind power, the rapidly growing telecommunications industry is increasingly turning to energy efficiency to reduce carbon emissions, a recent Pike Research report concludes. "The focus of green telecom has swung strongly to energy efficiency," according to Pike Research. "While clean power is not to be discounted, operators (and thus suppliers) are placing much more emphasis today on curbing power consumption than on deploying green base stations." Some examples? Verizon's (NYSE: VZ) plans include energy-efficiency standards programs at three-quarters of its facilities with 200 or more people. (The company is partnering with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to develop energy-saving methods .) And Telefonica (NYSE: TEF) wants to reduce energy consumption in its operations – which account for more than 85 percent of its energy use and almost 85 p...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2012/05/30/att-verizon-focus...

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