On the heels of my recent column on China’s investment in clean technology, two news items really caught my attention in the last couple of weeks. They tell an interesting story of who in the U.S. is really prepared to build a modern energy system.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA (KGO) — Search engine giant and mobile phone marketer Google has set its sights on a more powerful future. It wants to be an electrical marketer.
That means it wants to buy and sell power on a large scale, similar to what utility companies do. Google filed an application last week with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Washington.
“I don’t think we really know what they want to do,” said Wall Street Journal reporter Rebecca Smith. “When I spoke with the company yesterday, their spokeswomanan said that this green team wasn’t precisely sure what it wanted to do. What they do know is they’ve got an energy problem they want to solve.”
Nevada Senator Harry Reid joined forces this week with former President Bill Clinton, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Texas oilman-turned-wind-advocate T. Boone Pickens and other notables at the University of Nevada/Las Vegas for the National Clean Energy Summit.