AT&T says energy sustainability projects saved it $151 million

AT&T (NYSE: T) said in its 2012 sustainability report that its effort to reduce energy costs and emissions helped it save over $151 million in annualized energy savings from the years 2010-2012 and almost 1.3 billion kilowatt hours (kWh).

In the report, the telco discussed how it implemented its energy scorecard program in 1,000 of its retail stores. The carrier said it achieved 11 megawatts of capacity of alternative energy and joined the Rocky Mountain Institute's Portfolio Energy RetroFit Challenge.

AT&T also deployed 7,000 alternative fuel vehicles. About 10 percent of its corporate fleet of more than 71,000 vehicles is now comprised of alternative fuel models.

In addition, AT&T began working with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to determine best practices on reducing water use in facility cooling processes.

The telco is not alone in its energy saving desires. Fellow RBOC Verizon (NYSE: VZ) launched a broad $100 million plan in April to use alternative power sources to power 19 of the company's facilities in California and six other U.S. states, including Arizona, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and North Carolina.   

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