Google pens wind power agreement

26 Jul 2010
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Google has announced it is to buy 114 megawatts of wind energy for the next 20 years as part of its drive to become carbon-neutral.

The search engine giant has agreed to purchase the wind power from the NextEra Energy Resources Story County II facility in Iowa, with the cost set for the duration of the contract in advance.

Urs Hoelzle, senior vice president of operations at Google, told the official blog of the company that the move comes after the corporation has worked hard to reduce the amount of energy it uses.

He said: "Taking 114 megawatts of wind power off the market for so long means producers have the incentive and means to build more renewable energy capacity for other customers."

Mr Hoelzle added that because it takes a large amount of electricity to power Google, the firm wants to use renewable energy wherever possible.

NextEra Energy Resources is the largest wind power company in the US, with wind farms in 26 states across the country, as well as in Canada. 

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