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Google partners with NV Energy for geothermal

Google partners with NV Energy for geothermal

Geothermal Partners

Google has announced a groundbreaking partnership with NV Energy to power its Nevada data centers with geothermal energy. The deal, pending approval from state utility regulators, aims to increase the power output from 3.5 megawatts to 115 megawatts over the next six years. This carbon-free electricity will support Google’s regional operations and contribute to the local power grid.

The initiative is part of Google’s goal to run entirely on clean energy by 2030. Currently, 64% of Google’s global operations are powered by carbon-free sources like wind and solar. The collaboration with NV Energy represents an innovative approach for companies with high electricity needs to source their power sustainably in regulated markets.

Google’s direct participation in NV Energy’s power generation planning led to the creation of the Clean Transition Tariff, a new rate structure that Google hopes can be replicated elsewhere. NV Energy previously signed an agreement with Fervo Energy, an advanced geothermal developer, to supply Google since 2021. Geothermal energy, reliable and renewable, makes up about 10% of Nevada’s electricity generation, the highest percentage in any U.S. state.

Geothermal energy boosts clean power

In addition to the geothermal project, Google has announced a $2 billion investment to establish its first data centre and Google Cloud region in Malaysia. Located in Sime Darby Property’s Elmina Business Park in Greater Kuala Lumpur, this project is Google’s largest planned investment in Malaysia.

The Malaysian government expects it to support 26,500 jobs and generate an economic impact of RM15.04 billion. The data centre will support Google’s digital services and deliver AI benefits to users across Malaysia. The Google Cloud region aims to provide high-performance cloud infrastructure, analytics, and AI services to various organisations.

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Malaysia’s investment, trade, and industry minister, Tengku Zafrul Aziz, stated that this investment aligns with the digital ambitions outlined in the New Industrial Master Plan 2030. These investments highlight Google’s commitment to sustainable energy solutions and its strategic expansion in key global markets. The focus on advanced data centre infrastructure is crucial for supporting the growth of AI and cloud technologies.

Google’s announcements follow engagements facilitated by the Malaysian Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry, involving Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Ruth Porat, the president, chief investment officer, and chief financial officer of Alphabet and Google.

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