"A key differentiator for fuel cells compared to other forms of alternative power is that fuel cell electricity production is virtually constant. They provide steady, recurring electricity production at a relatively predictable cost, replacing the traditional electricity bill which can be volatile." – John Schinter, Director of Energy, AT&T
AT&T Boosts the Power of its Network with Bloom Energy
With more than 100 million customers, AT&T's network of wireless, high-speed internet, voice and cloud-based services continues to grow ever year. Along with this growth comes a significant increase in energy demand. The company's leadership in high-tech innovation in mobile and internet also extends into sustainability. AT&T has committed to reduce electricity consumption relative to data growth and expand alternative energy deployment – to the tune of 10 MW in 2013 alone. One of the ways they are achieving their goal is by deploying clean, reliable power from Bloom Energy.
As a global financial services institution with comprehensive business capabilities, Bank of America sees the tremendous business opportunities in growing the low-carbon economy and is well-positioned to play a key leadership role.
Bloom Energy Servers generate electricity through a clean electrochemical process which reduces carbon emissions by approximately 50 percent compared to the grid and virtually eliminates all SOx, NOx and other harmful smog forming particulate emissions. In addition to being cleaner, the electricity is constant and can power AT&T's facilities 24x7. The end result is reliable power at predictable rates which provides long-term economic benefits — addressing both the financial and sustainability goals of the company.
AT&T and Bloom Energy have 28 projects installed or underway in California and Connecticut. Once fully operational, all of AT&T's Bloom Box installations are expected to produce more than 149 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity annually, enough to power more than 13,680 homes.