Google Files to Buy, Sell Renewable Electricity
January 8, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Google has been quietly making plans to be in a future position to buy and sell sources of renewable electricity. Raw Story reports that AFP recently obtained a document Google filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, seeking the authority to market electric power. This step would allow Google to continue to reduce its carbon footprint in conjunction with its 1.6-megawatt solar installation at its California headquarters.
The document registered with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, states “Google Energy will engage in wholesale electric power and energy transactions as a marketer.”
The search engine giant announced last month on its blog “Going green at Google” that its operations would whenever possible, be carbon-neutral and reduce greenhouse gases.
Google spokeswoman, Niki Fenwick told CNET that buying and selling renewable energy on a wholesale scale, like large utilities do, would provide the search engine company with greater flexibility. “Right now, we can’t buy affordable, utility-scale, renewable energy in our markets,” Fenwick said. “We want to buy the highest quality, most affordable renewable energy wherever we can and use the green credits.” “We don’t have any concrete plans. We want the ability to buy and sell electricity in case it becomes part of our portfolio,” added Fenwick.
With the advent of cap-and-trade-legislation on the horizon, Google’s status, as an energy wholesaler would allow the company to use larger amounts of renewable energy to offset the energy consumption of its growing operations.
Source: Raw Story