The partnership with FlexiDAO is going to "simplify access to and aggregation of energy data throughout Google’s portfolio in Denmark, Ireland, and the Netherlands."

Maud Texier, Head of Energy Development

Company
Google
Industry
Internet, Software, Technology, Artificial Intelligence.
The Customer

Google, the technology company that has worldwide operations and a mission to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." In 2007, it became the first multinational organisation to become carbon neutral. In 2017, it became the first to match its energy consumption with 100% renewable energy and is the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy.

The Challenge

Google wants to demonstrate the viability of Time-based Energy Attribute Certificates (T-EACs or GCs) to drive Google’s 24/7 Carbon-free Energy goal across its European operations and accelerate the energy transition. To do so, Google has identified the need for better tools and systems to access and organise their energy data and to match their energy consumption with hourly clean-energy purchases.

The Solution

Implement FlexiDAOs software "RESpring©" in Google's portfolio in Ireland, the Netherlands, and Denmark, simplifying the access to and aggregation of energy data. FlexiDAO will also issue, transfer, and match T-EACs to the data centers’ hourly load profile and finally redeem them on Google’s behalf, following EnergyTag standards.

The Benefits
  • Simplify the access to and aggregation of energy data across Google’s European portfolio.
  • Identify operational challenges in the process of energy data collection.
  • Pinpoint hours of electricity consumption that are not sourced by renewables.
  • Validate the hourly match of carbon-free electricity consumption with generation through the cancellation of T-EACs (Granular Certificates - GCs).
  • Demonstrate the viability of T-EACs (GCs) to accelerate the energy transition.
  • Support the wider adoption of T-EACs (GCs).

The Story

Since it was founded, Google has been working hard on sustainability and data accessibility, where they have been leading the path to a cleaner and more sustainable world from different perspectives and projects.

Their commitment to sustainability has brought them to match all their annual electricity consumption with a hundred percent renewable energy in 2017. But recently, Google has stated a clear and ambitious goal: "Run all our business on carbon-free energy everywhere, at all times by 2030."

Google soon realized they needed better tools to track energy consumption and production.  Hence, in 2021, Google announced that they were piloting a new tool: Time-based Energy Attribute Certificates (T-EACs), also known as Granular Certificates (GCs), to take a more granular approach to energy tracking.

Google has addressed the need for new systems that enable energy consumers, system operators, and governments to know exactly what kinds of energy are being produced, consumed, and traded on an hourly basis across every electricity grid. Only then can T-EACs reach their full potential. 

Google came to FlexiDAO to help simplify the access to and aggregation of energy data throughout their portfolio in Ireland, the Netherlands, and Denmark.

Thanks to the partnership, FlexiDAO is helping Google recognize key operational challenges related to data access that highlight the need for a more centralized data hub and a standardized authorization process.

In our partnership, analyzing the hourly coverage with carbon-free sources is not the only process. This also involves the certification of its hourly match and ensuring credible claims. For this reason, FlexiDAO creates verifiable energy and carbon records that are stored in an immutable, energy-efficient blockchain that acts as a digital notary.

The entire process is carried out in accordance with EnergyTag guidelines and the European regulatory framework for Energy Attribute Certificates.

The path to around-the-clock carbon-free electricity consumption is a process, which is why time-stamping would not undermine the established annual reporting method with EACs, but this would allow us to go a step further and report hourly coverage with Granular Certificates (GCs).

Supporting documents

“This project is helping to streamline Google’s 24/7 Carbon-free Energy matching process across these countries, and to validate our matching through the retirement of hourly certificates (GCs or T-EACs) from our clean energy projects in Denmark and the Netherlands. It also helped us identify key operational challenges related to data access…”
Maud Texier, Head of Energy Development
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