Google 100% renewable power by 2017, entire countries to follow?

By | December 6, 2016

Google has confirmed it will hit its target of offsetting 100% of the energy used at its data centres and offices against power from renewable sources. The firm first made the commitment in 2015 to go 100% renewable by 2017.In a blog, the company said it was now the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in the world.

Fossil fuels are still used by Google, but now it buys enough electricity from renewable sources to offset energy use at the data centres and offices. Its 13 data centres alone consume around 5.7 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity.

“Over the last six years, the cost of wind and solar came down 60% and 80% respectively, proving that renewables are increasingly becoming the lowest cost option,” said Urs Holzle, senior vice president for technical infrastructure.

He added: “Since the wind doesn’t blow 24 hours a day, we’ll also broaden our purchases to a variety of energy sources that can enable renewable power, every hour of every day.” The move by Google has been welcomed by Friends of the Earth (FoE). …

He added that he believed companies, cities and even entire countries will switch to 100% renewable sources of energy.

In 2010, Germany’s environment agency noted that the country could be 100% powered by renewable energy sources by 2050, for example.

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Good move! I like long term thinking. As I recall one of biggest single sources of carbon emissions currently is the cargo ships crisscrossing the oceans.

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