Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Remember when those super-smart folks at Google were going to heal the planet by making renewable energy cheaper than coal? Never mind

Google quits plans to make cheap renewable energy | Reuters

(Reuters) - Google Inc has abandoned an ambitious project to make renewable energy cheaper than coal, the latest target of Chief Executive Larry Page's moves to focus the Internet giant on fewer efforts.

Google said on Tuesday that it was pulling the plug on seven projects, including Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal as well as a Wikipedia-like online encyclopedia service known as Knol.

2007- Renewable Energy Cheaper Than Coal Is Google Goal - The Daily Green

Google aims to make electricity derived from the wind and sun and other renewable sources of energy cheaper than burning coal, and the Web search giant has pledged hundreds of millions of dollars toward the effort, including tens of millions in 2008. It didn't release specific figures, but it did set the goal of producing enough electricity to power San Francisco in "years not decades."

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