Google Inc won approval from U.S. energy regulators to act as a power marketer, which will make it easier for the Internet search giant to obtain renewable energy to run its huge data centers.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Thursday approved Google’s request to purchase electricity and resell it to wholesale customers.
A company spokeswoman previously said that the Google Energy LLC subsidiary wanted the authority from FERC “to contain and manage the cost of energy for Google.”
In its approval order, FERC pointed out that Google does not own or control any facilities that generate electricity to sell in the wholesale markets.
Google says the extent of its electric generation ownership is to provide power solely to the company’s facilities and for emergency backup power.