Microsoft Application Allows Companies to Track Carbon Emissions by the Minute

This new feature comes from a partnership between Microsoft and WattTime.


Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing service, just made it easier for companies to track their energy emissions on a nearly real-time basis. According to Greenbiz, Microsoft’s Smart Energy Azure Demonstration platform uses technology from WattTime, which uses data from the EPA and power grid operators around the country, to allow companies to track carbon emissions. Microsoft’s partnership with WattTime will “give power users the freedom to choose when and potentially where they want their electricity to come from,” Rob Bernard, Microsoft’s chief environmental and cities strategist, said. “For the first time, customers can know the carbon footprint of the power generator that will be tapped when they flip on a switch. This allows customers to optimize when and where they use power in order to reduce their emissions.”

WattTime’s technology aims to make it easier for even the average individual to better regulate and reduce their carbon footprint. For companies, information was typically available as a yearly average, but now, companies that use Microsoft Azure could be able to get updated emissions information every five minutes. A demonstration is available on GitHub, along with an explanation that breaks down how the technology works:

This is a demonstration solution to show how data from several Web based APIs can be mined, visualised and acted upon in a Microsoft Azure solution. This solution collects real-time Carbon Emissions data from the WattTime API, and global Weather data and weather forecasts from the Wunderground API. It then visualises this data over time to allow the user to understand the relationship between the two. It demonstrates the ability to collect related pieces of data into a single place to allow automation to act upon the conclusions extracted from it.

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