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Google inks major new offshore wind deal

Google’s data center in Eemshaven, Netherlands. | Image: Google

Google announced its biggest deal yet to purchase offshore wind energy for its data centers in Europe, signing power purchase agreements to support two new wind farms off the coast of the Netherlands.

It’s part of Google’s plan to match all of its data center electricity consumption with clean energy generation on a 24/7 basis by 2030. To do that, the company will need to help get more renewable energy, including offshore wind, pulsing through power grids where it operates. It shared “the next step” of that plan for Europe today, where it says it’s adding more than 700 megawatts of clean energy capacity to the grid.

Much of that new capacity will come from the pair of new offshore wind farms in the Netherlands, where Google operates two…

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