AT&T Reports $44 Million in Savings from Energy Projects

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AT&T installed a 1-megawatt solar power system was on its facility in San Ramon, Calif. The project is expected togenerate more than 1.6 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year. (AT&T Press Photo)

Today AT&T announced that it saved $44 million in 2010 as a result of 4,200 energy efficiency projects it implemented last year.

The savings are partly attributed to the company’s 2009 rollout of an energy scorecard system and energy training program for managers. According to John Schinter, AT&T’s director of energy, managers dramatically reduced energy at the location for which they were responsible because they were given the “tracking tools, training and incentives for them to be successful.”

The company’s major projects included the installation of a desktop power management software on 169,000 computers that saved an estimated $614,000. AT&T also cut power consumption by 300,000 kilowatt hours by removing switches at 11 central office sites. Lastly, the company subbed out incandescent bulbs and tower light controllers for more efficient LEDs, a move the company would have been forced to make by 2012 as a result of federal legislation banning incandescents.

Three years ago, AT&T established an intensity metric based on kWh per terabyte of data carried onto its network in order to calculate impact. Using that measurement as a base, the company pledged that by 2009 it would decrease its intensity by 15 percent. AT&T exceeded its goal with a 23.8 percent reduction in energy, totaling 498 KWh per terabyte.

For 2010, the company made the same 15-percent reduction pledge over its 2009 rates. AT&T says it predicts a savings of about 64 million kWh of electricity annually on a recurring basis as a result of its facility-based initiatives.

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