Sustainability Snack: Google Looks to Redraw America’s Power Grid

Google and Good Energies, a New York-based investment firm specialising in renewable energy, are backing a new $5 billion wind farm energy transmission project off the Atlantic Seaboard “that could ultimately transform the region’s electrical map.” the New York Times reports this morning.

Regulators and politicians are said to be excited about the project not least because it proposes to harvest and link wind power to consumers in reliable and unobtrusive way.

“Conceptually it looks to me to be one of the most interesting transmission projects that I’ve ever seen walk through the door,” said Jon Wellinghoff, the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees interstate electricity transmission. “It provides a gathering point for offshore wind for multiple projects up and down the coast,” he told the NYT.

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