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Google Bought Enough Clean Power for Whole Company and Then Some

April 4, 2018, 2:08 PM

Google has more clean power than it needs.

The Alphabet Inc. unit used about 7 terawatt-hours of electricity to run all of its global operations last year, and it sourced even more than that, according to Neha Palmer, its head of energy strategy.

Corporate buyers are major purchasers of wind and solar power. While part of the motivation is to advance sustainability goals, they’re also finding that clean energy is often the cheapest electricity available.

Big technology companies have been leading this trend, and Google has been the biggest of them all. It’s planning five new U.S. ...

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