Google, Walmart announce plans to increase clean energy use in Oklahoma –

One of the biggest challenges to eliminating the use of carbon-based energy is the lack of market demand for cleaner sources, but Google hopes to fill that void with an ambitious goal at its massive data centers, including one in Oklahoma.

Google recently announced it wants to reach 24/7 use of clean energy by 2030 at every one of its offices and data centers. Until now, the company has boosted its use of renewable energy consumption by matching its annual electricity use with purchases of renewable energy like wind and solar.

Google's data center in Pryor, Oklahoma.

The problem, however, is that sometimes the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine, meaning that there are hours during the day when Google’s power-hungry server farms must use carbon-based energy to remain online.

“It’s a real opportunity for us to work with utilities because now, on one side, Google has an incentive to support those new technologies to be deployed on the grid by paying for the electricity coming from it,” said Maud Texier, head of energy development for Google’s data centers. “But then, on the other side, as we’re putting that capacity on the grid, there’s also another benefit most of the time for the grid operator and the other users.”

May 17, 2021 Mary Sparks