- Google is pressing Public Service Co. of Oklahoma (PSO) to design a new offering for commercial and industrial customers who want to rely more on renewable energy.
- Google operates a large data center in Pryor, Okla., and it bought a 1.4 million-square-foot vacant industrial plant in September nearby that gets its power from PSO.
- PSO wants the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to streamline its Green Energy Choice Tariff and Google has weighed in to the proceeding. “We own property that could potentially be served by PSO in the future, and so we have an interest in the process that PSO is going through right now in re-evaluating their Green Energy (Choice) Tariff,” Gary Demasi, Google's director of global infrastructure, told The Oklahoman. “It's certainly something that we would love to be able to use and something that would make sense for our business.”
Google in 2007 set a goal to become a carbon-neutral company. It has been aggressive in other states, such as North Carolina, where it also has a data center and is working with Duke Energy on a renewable energy tariff for industrial customers. A key demand of Google's is that PSO be willing to transfer renewable energy credits to customers so that they can be retired. PSO wants regulators to let it work with Google on a new customer class without holding up changes to its green energy tariff.