Posts Tagged ‘California’

Google and its cero-carbon emissions policy.

July 31, 2010

According to the Google’s blog, yesterday, 30th July, the Mountain View’s company will start purchasing 114MW from a wind farm at the NextEra Energy Resources Story II facility in Iowa for 20 years. This decision is related to the Google’s purpose to become a carbon neutral company.

On one hand, they try to reduce the carbon emissions by optimizing their data centers, and on the other hand, they power their facilities with renewable energy (they own one of the largest corporate solar installations) and buying the remaining energy from wind power farms.



The World’s largest wind power farm.

July 30, 2010

Alta Wind Energy Center (AWEC) will be the world’s largest wind power farm with its 1.550 MW. It will be located in the Tehachapi-Mojavi region (about 100 miles north of urban Los Angeles, U.S.) The wind farm is being developed by Terra-Gen Power and will consist of 300 turbines manufactured by Vestas. This Mega-project will replace the current “largest wind farm” which is in Texas (Roscoe Wind Farm).

The company in charge of this project is Terra-Gen Power, which primarily sells the output of the renewable energy projects to load serving entities under long-term power purchase agreements. In this case, Southern California Edison has agreed to a 25-year power purchase agreement for the power producer. The project is planned to finish in 2011.


Nuclear against Wind Power

July 26, 2010

TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) is a small Californian nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading”. It was founded in 1984 and now their events are in Long Beach and Palm Spring as well in Europe and Asia offering live streaming of the talks. They address a wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture. Past presenters include Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Bill Gates, Google’s founders and many Nobel Prize winners. A website I really recommend to you if you like Science and Culture.

This time, I would like to pay attention on the video that is about Wind and Nuclear Energy. Firstly, we have the nuclear supporter, Stewart Brand, who shows to us actual data about the disadvantages of each energy source, from solar to coal energy. On the other hand, Mark Jacobson, focus his speech on the nuclear problems and then, on the advantages of the Wind power.