26 Sep '12, 5pm

Google's Shout Out to a Wind Energy Deal with Utility

The contract, totaling 48 MW, isn’t the first renewable power purchase agreement for the search giant, who previously signed contracts directly with a wind farm owner. Google called out the fact that the 48-MW contract is its first contract with a utility, the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA), and the reason for it has to do with the role of a utility. “Utilities like GRDA are best positioned to integrate renewable energy into their generation mix and to deliver power,” Google said in a blog post . This line from the blog post may need a bit more explanation though. A utility runs the distribution network (and sometimes the transmission lines as well), and it has to ensure that an electric grid runs smoothly, or else its customers could experience blackouts. To keep the grid humming along, there has to be a balance of supply and demand. Managing the flow of wind and solar ...

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