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Google now allowed to buy and sell electricity

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 20 Feb 2010 13:38 User comments (18)

Google now allowed to buy and sell electricity Google has had their request to become an electricity marketer accepted today by U.S. energy regulators, allowing the search giant to begin buying and selling bulk power.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission backed Google's application, reads the WSJ, allowing the company to become a market-based rate authority. Google's application stated that it does not own any generators or transmission lines, and will not use its position for retail purposes.

Most marketers are utility or power generator companies, but a few corporations, like Kimberly-Clark, have been granted the authority as well, given the large amount of power they use. Google says it will use the title to manage its own energy supplies, and to "gain better access to renewable power."

"We made this filing so we can have more flexibility in procuring power for Google's own operations, including our data centers. FERC authority will improve our ability to hedge our purchases of energy and incorporate renewables," adds Google spokeswoman Niki Fenwick.

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18 user comments

120.2.2010 14:46

World domination one step at a time :P

220.2.2010 15:02

A world managed by google...doesn't sound that bad ;). I hear the jobs there are fantastic...

320.2.2010 15:35

rather them than sony,apple or one of the other anti consumer companies

420.2.2010 16:09

I wonder if google will make a good fast food chain next. Get Gbuger with no mayo.

520.2.2010 20:50

Originally posted by elbald90:
rather them than sony,apple or one of the other anti consumer companies
Apple is pro consumer; just anti consumer intellect!

620.2.2010 21:52

WOW is getting scary now. what's next ? gcoffee,g-mart(super center),burger-G,LCG tv(liquid cristal google),g-car,g-string oh wait i like that one.

720.2.2010 22:42

Now, we have a new name, GoogElectric, taking power grids, one station at a time, and you thought California had blackouts, move over man, there's history and outages to be made here!!

821.2.2010 0:09
llongtheD
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Google is just becoming an absolute monster, not saying its a bad thing. I'm just wondering why their founders are selling off such large blocks of their stock.
A monster in good hands is one thing, in the wrong hands its another.

921.2.2010 0:27
llongtheD
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Originally posted by blueboy09:
Now, we have a new name, GoogElectric, taking power grids, one station at a time, and you thought California had blackouts, move over man, there's history and outages to be made here!!
blueboy, check out, "enron, the smartest guys in the room" its a documentary that will make you sick. Although I don't trust big corporate america, I don't think google would ever do what those crooks did. But you never know, do you?

1021.2.2010 16:56

Originally posted by llongtheD:
Originally posted by blueboy09:
Now, we have a new name, GoogElectric, taking power grids, one station at a time, and you thought California had blackouts, move over man, there's history and outages to be made here!!
blueboy, check out, "enron, the smartest guys in the room" its a documentary that will make you sick. Although I don't trust big corporate america, I don't think google would ever do what those crooks did. But you never know, do you?
Thanks for the tip, been watching said documentary, am up to the part where Enron Traders would literally ring up power plants and ask them to shut down the plants. And they just did it when asked. Unbelievable.
What gets me is all the talk in the news lately forewarning of supposed power outages, makes you wonder if this kind of thing will start happening again. Google are into way too many pies now, just the other day we had loads of news articles about Google working with the NSA, and we're getting all the news articles about alleged threats to cybersecurity, all at the same time that Google is having trouble with China and the US government are making lots of noise about Internet2...



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1121.2.2010 17:32
scum101
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You didn't know about enron? .. I saw it first hand because the college I was a governor of had 1.2 million in enron shares (illegal use of public funds) and lost the lot..


1221.2.2010 17:38

I did, just in passing though, didn't know too many specifics, certainly didn't realise traders could just phone up the power plants and get half the state's power shutoff on a whim. Just finished watching it, quite an eye opener, especially how many people were affected by less people than we have fingers.
And is anyone still interested in having their power (and internet connection) provided by Google ?. Didn't think so :p




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1322.2.2010 3:45

haha as soon as i saw this article i knew the fanatics that believe google is out to take over the world are going to pop out :P

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1522.2.2010 20:00

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1623.2.2010 18:33

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1723.2.2010 18:45

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1823.2.2010 18:47

Quote:
haha as soon as i saw this article i knew the fanatics that believe google is out to take over the world are going to pop out :P
Will see in a few years I guess, when Google will dominate everything.
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