3Degrees supplies HostGator with RECs for 130% of their computers' energy use.
HOUSTON - February 9, 2010 - HostGator, a leading provider of shared, reseller, and dedicated web hosting, announced on Monday that it had renewed its commitment to providing its customers with sustainable and environmentally friendly web hosting services.
Last week, the company renewed its agreement with 3Degrees, one of the nation's leading renewable energy sales, trading and advisory firms, to purchase Renewal Energy Certificates (RECs) for 130% of the electricity used to power and cool HostGator's more than 1,800 shared and reseller servers.
"It takes a lot of electricity to keep servers online and working well. That results in a bigger environmental impact than we'd like to see. As a result, we're going to continue doing what we can to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions and help the environment," said Brent Oxley, founder and CEO of HostGator.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a REC represents the property rights to the environmental, social, and other nonpower qualities of renewable electricity generation. A REC purchased by HostGator represents one megawatt hour (MWh) of renewable electricity generated and delivered to the power grid. This energy will displace the generation of conventional electricity throughout the power system and reduce emissions into the atmosphere. The certificates HostGator purchases are for wind farms in the state of Texas.
Through its purchase of RECs, HostGator prevented close to 3,600 tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere in 2009. This is equivalent to the CO2 emissions generated by burning 18 railcars full of coal, or the annual CO2 emissions of 650 passenger cars. Electricity production remains the leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change.
HostGator purchases credits for 130% of the electricity used to power and cool the company's servers to work towards reversing, instead of simply neutralizing, its environmental impact. Through this effort, HostGator is actively working to lower pollution, mitigate climate change, and encourage the development of our national renewable energy resources.
HostGator.com LLC is a world leading provider of shared, reseller, and dedicated web hosting. Privately held and based in Houston, Texas, the company was founded in 2002 by current President and CEO Brent Oxley, who started the company from his dorm room at Florida Atlantic University. Since then, HostGator has grown from a small hosting company with just three servers into a world leading and industry recognized hosting provider with close to 9,000 servers under management. The nearly three million domains hosted by HostGator make up approximately 1% of the world's Internet traffic. For more information, please visit http://www.hostgator.com.
3Degrees' mission is to reduce the magnitude of climate change and accelerate the development of a non-fossil fuel based economy. 3Degrees realizes this mission by helping organizations intelligently and efficiently buy, sell and market certified environmental commodities, such as renewable energy certificates (RECs) and carbon offsets. 3Degrees was awarded the U.S. Department of Energy Renewable Energy Marketer of the Year award in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009. For more information on 3Degrees, please visit www.3degreesinc.com.