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 an ambitious 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 Berkeley County site 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 Silicon Valley company’s choice of power sources. The data center off Highway 52 purchases its power through Berkeley Electric Cooperative, which is