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NC taxes, renewable energy scares away Google…NOT

When will the folks running our state learn that the key to economic development does not involve slashing taxes and moving away from foward-looking ideas like renewable energy?

Maybe…today?

This is from a WRAL.com report:

Google to invest $600M in Lenoir data center

Friday announcement brings Google’s total investment to more than $1.2 billion at its Caldwell County data center — one of the company’s eight massive facilities.

The data center near Lenior houses computer systems that support Google’s Internet search engine and other services such as Gmail and YouTube.

Gov. Pat McCrory and other politicians praised Google’s announcement.

Google also says it plans to participate in a new program Duke Energy is developing for large customers that want to buy renewable energy. The company says it’s committed to using renewable energy at its data centers.

Duke Energy says it will make a regulatory filing in North Carolina proposing the new renewable energy program in the next 90 days.

 

One Comment


  1. Doug

    April 19, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    This is great. Let private industry broker their own deals without government interference and mandates. With this deal, Google makes the decision to buy the more expensive electricity because it may fit their business model. I would think Duke should not even have to take extra filing requirements to get government approval to go forward with it either. Government, always slowing things down and allocating resources to the wrong activites.

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