Google and your Electrical Bill

UPDATE: Google Gets Greener

Last week or so I read Reuters’ City [San Antionio] plans to convert human waste to energy and I thought it was cool how someone was *doing something* about using existing resources that could be reused to our benefit, and promises to reduce our utility costs. Now I’m just waiting for the same thing to happen here.

Now just today I read Partnering with GE on clean energy on Google’s blog and now I’m really getting excited! Its about time that the world started catchign up with its technological capability!

Here’s some really exciting things I pulled out of the Google’s blog and Reuters’ article:

  • San Antonio … will [become] the first U.S. city to harvest methane gas from human waste on a commercial scale and turn it into clean-burning fuel…
    REUTERS
  • Methane gas, which is a byproduct of human and organic waste, is a principal component of the natural gas used to fuel furnaces, power plants, and other combustion-based generators.
    REUTERS
  • Some communities are using methane gas harvested from solid waste to power smaller facilities like sewage treatment plants, but San Antonio is the first to see large-scale conversion of methane gas from sewage into fuel for power generation
    REUTERS
  • Today [Google] announced that we’re joining forces … with GE to use technology, information and corporate resources to drive the changes necessary to empower consumers with better energy choices.
    GOOGLE BLOG
  • We will focus on improving power generation, transmission and distribution – a combination of technologies that could be known as the “smart grid.” (It would be fair to refer to electricity technologies in common use today as a “grid of only average intelligence.”)
    GOOGLE BLOG
  • The existing U.S. infrastructure has not kept pace with the digital economy and the hundreds of technology opportunities that are ready for market. In fact, the way we generate and distribute electricity today is essentially the same as when Thomas Edison built the first power plant well over one hundred years ago.
    GOOGLE BLOG
  • Americans should have the choice to drive more fuel efficient cars – or even electric cars – and manage their home energy use to reduce costs, and buy power from cleaner sources, or even generate their own power for sale to the grid.
    GOOGLE BLOG
  • What if our flat screen TVs, electronic equipment, lights and appliances were programmed to automatically adjust to save money and cut energy use? What if we could push a button and switch the source of our homes’ electricity from fossil fuels to renewable energy? What if the car sitting in our garage ran on electricity – the equivalent of $1 per gallon gasoline – and was programmed to charge at night when electricity is cheapest?
    GOOGLE BLOG
  • …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).
    GOOGLE BLOG

More Resources/Info

Click the Google blog link and/or the Reuters link above to read the more, or maybe check out the Youtube video below (Zeitgeist ’08: The Google Partner Forum).

32:23, Electricity 2.0 Video YouTube Preview Image

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