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This presentation provides an inside look at Google's 24x7 carbon free strategy. Also mentions the influence of Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance and Google's preferences to work in deregulated markets. Worthwhile and informative.

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Matt Chester on Jun 1, 2020

Do you think the renewable energy credits are going to be the long-term solution Google sticks with so they can claim carbon neutrality, or will they make progress in the near-term towards the actual procurement and use of direct renewables for their operations more and more?

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Richard Brooks on Jun 1, 2020

Matt, it appears to me that Google is seeking out "robust grid connections", for example the Alabama Coal plant mentioned in the video, which I interpret as an "on-site" renewable strategy; i.e. replace the coal plant with renewable generation to serve a data center's energy needs. But I could be completely off base with this conjecture. As Michael Terrell points out, Google is still working toward achieving 100% 24x7 carbon free emissions and haven't reached that point yet. They are "over procuring" during green energy producing hours to offset the times when RE is insufficient to meet their consumption. I suspect Google may buy REC's to cover any deficiencies in green power to offset their carbon footprint. Anyone from Google on the airways that can respond?

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