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There is an interesting factoid that hasn't popped out of this discussion, Google is a power company [1]. They did this for a number of reasons, but one of the benefits is that they get to play in the slush pond of kilowatts. Energy companies 'trade' energy (because as ajross points out it is sometimes in the wrong place at the wrong time) kind of like Internet providers 'trade' bandwidth. As licensed energy provider Google and trade wind kilowatts in Iowa for coal kilowatts in Georgia. Its a great way to 'hack' the fact that transmission costs and land costs make it hard to build renewables near your data center.

[1] http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=conewsstory&tkr=E...

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