Google’s facility in Berkeley County utilizes more fossil fuels than renewables. This statistic is the worst for this data center, considering its counterparts in other US regions are using more renewables. Google submitted a report of how its data centers in different areas consume renewables and fossil fuels for their operations, terming this facility the lowest user of renewable clean energy electricity.
The facility in the Southeast region attributes these statistics to be a pictorial representation of renewables’ uptake rate. The leaders added that it is not entirely the company’s fault since it is sluggish in responding to the renewable energy transition.
The type of energy used in giant companies like Google is crucial as a marketing tool and its facilities. The operators explained that the longer the data processing and transfer operations occur, the higher the energy consumption rate since the servers run on electricity. Google envisages itself running all of its facilities on renewable energy before the end of this decade, a strategy that it implies the firm must subscribe to power purchasing agreements to actualize it.
Google reported that the capacity to transition all systems to renewables bases on the quick drafting and implementation of the policies supporting the transition. The company said that governments emphasizing fossil fuels instead of renewables are afraid of a collapse in the energy industry due to limited power sources. Google urged the commercial companies and the private sector to take up the renewables to motivate their governments to be a viable and reliable venture.
Google is hopeful that the contract it entered in Orangeburg County will facilitate the erection of solar facilities in the different parts of the country. Mollie Gore, the spokesperson of Moncks Corner, stated that these facilities would produce 150 MW of power when they become operational in two years.
Gore explained that it is essential for the country to transition to renewables in the next four years to facilitate the closure of the coal plants in Georgetown and their subsequent substitution with renewables and natural gas that are manageable minimizing emissions.
Google reported that its data processing and transmission center in Oklahoma is anticipating 100 percent usage of renewables. Wind energy is the most affordable in this area and available in huge quantities.
Eddy Moore of the Coastal Conservation League argues that the plummeting prices of renewable energy should motivate the country to shift to the clean, affordable energy. He detested fossil fuels, claiming an expensive old energy source to obtain and purchase apart from being pollutive.
John Tynan, executive director of Conservation Voters of South Carolina, applauded Google’s clean power pledge, saying other companies in the state are likely to push for similar goals. One example is the global tire manufacturer Bridgestone, which has a plant in Aiken County. It has vowed to cut its carbon emissions in half by 2050.
In conclusion, the senior executive of Conservation Voters of South Carolina, John Tynan, applauded Google on reaching such a milestone in a short time, advising other energy agencies to try the new clean green energy. Tynan advised the other companies to copy the approach that Google uses in addressing climate problems and emission reduction.