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GOOGLE COM­MITS TO RE­NEW­ABLES

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Google plans to buy enough re­new­able en­ergy in 2017 to match the en­tire needs of all its data cen­tres and of­fices around the world as part of its ef­forts to com­bat cli­mate change, ft.com re­ported. In 2015, the com­pany used 5.6 ter­awatt hours of en­ergy, enough to power the en­tire city of San Fran­cisco for a year. The com­mit­ment to pur­chase re­new­able en­ergy to match 100% of its de­mand is partly thanks to fall­ing prices and greater avail­abil­ity, Google said. Where the tech gi­ant can’t buy re­new­able power for its op­er­a­tions, it pur­chases re­new­able power in other ar­eas (and re­sells it to grid op­er­a­tors) to off­set the car­bon-based power used.

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