MidAmerican to power Google facility

Utility MidAmerican Energy – part of billionaire Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway – has contracted with Google to supply 407MW of wind-sourced energy for the Internet giant’s Council Bluffs, Iowa, data center.

Financial terms were not made public.

The wind power will come from several wind projects that are part of MidAmerican Energy’s Wind VIII program that will bring 1.05GW of new Iowa wind power online by the end of 2015.

The agreement fully supplies the first phase of Google’s facilities in Council Bluffs with 100% wind energy, bundled with and tracked by renewable energy certificates. It will allow additional phases to be supplied with wind-sourced energy as the company grows in Iowa.

The transaction represents Google’s seventh and largest renewable energy purchase to date, bringing the total to more than 1GW.

“Google’s significant and growing presence within our service area, along with its long and demonstrated commitment to renewable energy, have been important factors in MidAmerican Energy’s pursuit of renewable power,” says Bill Fehrman, chief executive of MAE.

Google has been working with the utility to procure additional renewable resources since the construction of its data center there in 2007. MidAmerican Energy, in turn, filed for approval for Wind VIII it had companies like Google in mind as customers.

“We hope this agreement will inspire all of our utilities to work with us in finding ways to increase the supply of clean power,” says Google’s director of global infrastructure Gary Demasi.