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AT&T steps up focus on energy use

 Posted by on December 1, 2009
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AT&T headquarters in Dallas

AT&T headquarters in Dallas

From Green Right Now Reports

AT&T today announced it has appointed John Schinter as the company’s first director of energy. Schinter, who has 25 years’ experience in environmental sustainability and integrated energy services, will oversee AT&T’s company-wide energy management efforts across all energy-consuming business units and will drive comprehensive programs to reduce energy consumption and direct AT&T’s energy purchasing strategies.

“We know that responsible energy management and improved efficiencies can positively impact both the environment and our bottom line,” Mark Schleyer, senior vice president of corporate real estate for AT&T Operations, Inc., said in a statement. “Through the appointment of John Schinter, we are reorganizing the way AT&T optimizes our energy use, while maintaining — and improving — the quality, reliability and competitiveness of our services.”

Schinter, who will join AT&T’s Corporate Real Estate Property Management team, will help accelerate the Dallas-based company’s efforts to manage company-wide, fixed-energy consumption, including data centers, central office equipment and AT&T facilities.

AT&T said it has already taken a number of steps to reduce energy consumption over the past year. These include:

  • Establishing an Energy Council comprised of key executives from every AT&T business unit that directly consumes energy in its operations or that designs, develops or specifies energy-consuming equipment.
  • Setting a goal to reduce electricity usage intensity (relative to data growth on the AT&T network) by 15 percent compared to 2008 levels.
  • Installing 1E’s NightWatchman energy-saving software on 310,000 AT&T desktop computers. The company estimates this will save an estimated 135 million kWh of electricity and 123,941 tons of carbon emissions per year, according to 1E. This is equivalent to the electricity required to power 14,892 homes.
  • Exploring alternative energy sources, such as using wind power for 10 percent of the electricity for  AT&T’s facilities in Austin, Texas. AT&T also installed a 1 megawatt solar power system on its facility in San Ramon, Calif. The 3,700 solar panels will generate more than 1.6 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year and reduce the building’s normal power consumption by more than 4,300 kilowatt hours per day.

Prior to joining AT&T, Schinter worked with several Fortune 500 companies to reduce their energy consumption. Most recently, he served as the President of Global Energy and Sustainability for Jones Lang & LaSalle (JLL) Global Commercial Real Estate Services, where he directed award-winning energy efficiency programs for several well-known companies. Schinter previously worked with Exelon, where he led a major expansion of downtown Chicago’s cooling system, and at Duke Energy, where he crafted energy solutions for some of the world’s largest companies.