Internet giant Google has entered a deal for MidAmerican Energy to supply its new Council Bluffs, Iowa, data center with up to 407 MW of wind energy.
The power will come from several projects that are part of MidAmerican's Wind VIII program, which will bring 1.05 GW of Iowa wind energy online by the end of 2015. This agreement fully supplies the first phase of Google's facilities in Council Bluffs with 100% wind power, bundled with and tracked by renewable energy certificates, and will allow additional phases to be supplied with wind-sourced energy as the company grows in Iowa.
This deal also represents Google's seventh and largest renewable energy purchase to date, bringing the company's total amount of renewable energy under contract to over 1 GW.
"At Google, we pursue a variety of approaches to power our operations with renewable energy," says Gary Demasi, Google's director of global infrastructure. "One great way to do this is by working with our utility partners like MidAmerican Energy, and we hope this agreement will inspire all of our utilities to work with us in finding ways to increase the supply of clean power."