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Google establishes energy subsidiary

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SF Gate

Chronicle Staff Report

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Google Inc., the Mountain View search giant that has managed to get its fingers into books, video, news, operating systems, mobile handsets and more, set up an energy subsidiary last month dubbed Google Energy LLC.

Its lawyers at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposing to “act as a power marketer, purchasing electricity and reselling it to wholesale customers.”

“Applicant may also,” the filing continued, “engage in other, non-jurisdictional, activities to facilitate efficient trade in the bulk power markets.”

Energy trading? Like, say, Enron?

Not at all, according to Google spokeswoman Niki Fenwick.

Rather, the ability to buy wholesale electricity would make it easier for Google to achieve its goal, set in 2007, of achieving carbon neutrality. Companies typically must buy fossil fuel-based power straight from the utility grid. If Google secures FERC’s “market-based rate authority,” it could buy power from sources like solar and wind farms.

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January 9th, 2010 at 10:52 am

Switching on Colorado’s clean energy industry

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This is indeed good news. It’s just another reason why I’m proud, once again, to call Colorado my home. (Yes, I do have a CO birth certificate, but have not yet adorned my Subaru with a “Native” bumper sticker.) If Jim Welch, CEO of Louisville-based Bella Energy Inc. and president of the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association, is correct in stating that “there are 10,000 jobs linked to the solar industry in Colorado, and 70,000 direct and indirect jobs dealing with all renewable industries,” these are prime examples of how renewable energy is a driver, not an obstacle, to continued economic health.

Friday, January 1, 2010
The Decade in the DBJ: Switching on Colorado’s clean energy industry
Denver Business Journal

As the first decade of the 21st century comes to a close, the Denver Business Journal is revisiting some of the biggest business-news stories
of the last 10 years.
Here, we look at the growth of the renewable-energy industry in Colorado, a development that could transform the state’s traditional
energy economy. (And click here to share your picks for the biggest business news of the last decade.)
The story: Colorado has long been a center of “new energy” research, as home of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in
Golden and other facilities. Also, its abundant sunshine and steady high-plains winds make its potential for solar- and wind-power
development among the highest in the nation.
The state’s renewable energy sector has grown rapidly since 2004, when Colorado voters passed a measure mandating that more
electricity come from the sun and the wind. In particular, progress toward making Colorado a clean-energy center gathered steam in 2007
and 2008.
A key development was when Vestas Wind Systems, the Danish wind turbine manufacturer, decided to make Colorado its major U.S.
factory center. In 2007 it broke ground on a manufacturing plant for wind-turbine components in Windsor and then announced plans for
two more plants in the state. And the company’s suppliers said they would follow Vestas to Colorado.

Click here for the entire article.

Written by Jason

January 1st, 2010 at 6:00 am