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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Google Partnering with GE On Clean Energy & Smart Grid Initiative to Develop Policy & Technology Solutions to Some of Major Energy Challenges

GE and Google are joining forces to help develop tomorrow’s power generation, transmission and distribution — known as the “smart grid” — and its interface with next generation electric transportation.

Goal is to provide consumers with improved and expanded energy choices, whether it’s buying renewable power, driving a plug-in car, or reducing energy bills by managing home energy use.

GE and Google will advocate for federal policies critical to building a 21st century U.S. electricity system. Initial policy priorities include:

  • Planning, siting, and cost allocation for the transmission capacity necessary to enable large scale deployment of renewable electricity generation in the United States
  • Development and deployment of a “smart” electricity grid that will empower utilities and end users to manage electricity more efficiently and with lower emissions GE and Google will also collaborate to develop and deploy renewable energy and plug-in vehicle related technologies.

Initial areas of technology collaboration include:

  • Utility-scale renewable energy with an initial focus on advanced geothermal technology
  • Software, controls, and services to enable utilities to integrate plug-in vehicles into the grid

“This vision is what unites Google and GE. We’ll start by working together in Washington, D.C. to mount a major policy effort to enable large-scale deployment of renewable energy generation in the United States. We’ll also work on development and deployment of the “smart” electricity grid that will empower consumers, utilities, and technology innovators to manage electricity more efficiently and lower their carbon footprint. Finally, we'll collaborate on advanced energy technologies, including technologies to enable the large-scale integration of plug-in vehicles into the grid and new geothermal energy technologies known as enhanced geothermal systems (EGS).” posted by Michael Terrell, Google.org at Google blog.

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