Google’s data-processing hub in Berkeley County uses more energy from natural gas- and coal-fired power plants than its other sites in the country, a report from the company shows.
In a clean energy commitment released Monday, the search engine and online advertising giant broke down how much carbon-free power each of its data centers in the world consumes.
Nineteen percent of the energy the site near Goose Creek and Moncks Corner uses comes from carbon-free sources, the smallest percentage among Google’s 11 U.S. sites.
The low ranking reflects a slower transition to renewable energy in the Southeast rather than the company’s choice of power sources. The site off U.S. Highway 52 purchases its power through Berkeley Electric Cooperative, which