I guess this means I can Google my ass off and not feel guilty (get your mind out of the gutter, people):
Google said it is committed to using renewable energy at its data centers — the reason it plans to participate in a new program Duke Energy is developing for large customers that want to buy renewable energy. "As more of the world moves online, demand for Google's services continues to grow — and we want our renewable energy options to grow with it," he said. Google said it operates some of the world most efficient data centers, and in 2007 made a voluntary commitment to become carbon neutral.
We'll have to wait and see if the Victorian Era NC GOP will try to put the kibosh on this, but it looks like Duke Energy is all for it, so... If they (or Americans For the Prosperous) do decide to oppose it, there will need to be some serious explaining:
"The new renewable energy program under development at Duke Energy will give customers like Google the option of offsetting some or all of their energy consumption with new renewable energy generated in this region," said Duke spokesman Jeff Brooks. "The new rate is voluntary and will be paid for entirely by those who elect to participate in this offering."
Bolding mine. North Carolina is poised to become a renewable energy powerhouse in the Southeast, especially if more of our data centers follow Google's example. It's time for the GOP to wipe the coal dust out of its eyes, before we lose even more opportunities.