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Microsoft Joins Others in Leaving Anti-Renewables Lobbying Group

Another prominent corporate member has left The American Legislative Exchange Council, a lobbying group known for its opposition to renewable energy, according to Bloomberg BNA. ALEC has drafted model legislation to roll back renewable fuel standards in 29 states that have been credited with being one of the largest drivers of renewable energy generation in the U.S. According to the EPA, fifty percent—more than 1.3 billion kilowatt hours—of Microsoft's annual power comes from renewable energy sources, including biogas, biomass, solar and wind. That total makes the company number three on the EPA's list of major companies that voluntarily use renewables. Microsoft joins other major corporations with sustainability strategies that have left ALEC, including Coca-Cola, General Motors, Bank of America and Procter & Gamble. Sounds like a trend.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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