News Summary: Microsoft enters deal for wind power

News Summary: Microsoft agrees to 20-year wind power deal, move toward being carbon neutral

Associated Press

WIND-OWS: As part of an effort to become carbon neutral, Microsoft Corp. has entered a 20-year deal to buy power from a new wind farm in Texas, the first time the tech giant is directly purchasing electricity from a specific source.

HOW THEY'RE PAYING: The deal announced Monday between Microsoft and RES Americas is being funded in part by money collected from a "carbon fee," an internal tax of sorts that the company has been charging its departments for every ton of carbon produced.

WHY IT MATTERS: While the wind energy goes directly onto the Texas grid and it never can be known exactly where electricity is coming from at any given time, renewable sources help offset the use of coal, for example, which produces more carbon pollution.

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