Berkshire Hathaway Energy

Berkshire Hathaway’s NV Energy to Power Google with Geothermal Energy

(BRK.A), (BRK.B)

Berkshire Hathaway’s NV Energy is set to supply geothermal energy to Google’s data centers and office campuses in Nevada. This groundbreaking collaboration aims to set a new benchmark for clean energy integration in the US.

Central to this partnership is the introduction of the ‘Clean Transition Tariff’ (CTT), a new clean energy rate currently under review by the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada. If approved, the CTT will enable Google and other large energy consumers to meet their power needs with clean, reliable energy. This model could inspire similar initiatives across other states.

NV Energy, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, has formed a unique energy supply agreement with Google, featuring enhanced geothermal power developed in collaboration with Fervo Energy. This initiative will provide 115 MW of new geothermal capacity specifically for Google. This effort supports Google’s ambition to achieve 24/7 carbon-free energy by 2030 and enhances the resilience of Nevada’s power grid.

Doug Cannon, President and CEO of NV Energy, highlighted the importance of this partnership: “Our collaboration with Google to bring enhanced geothermal energy to Nevada’s grid is significant. This proposal not only supports Google’s clean energy goals but also benefits our other customers by introducing greener energy resources to Nevada.”

The partnership builds on Google’s successful pilot project with Fervo Energy in Nevada, which proved the commercial viability of enhanced geothermal power. Following the pilot, Fervo has significantly improved its drilling processes, leading to a nearly 25-fold increase in geothermal capacity. This capacity will now support Google’s operations in Nevada.

Cannon added, “If approved, this proposal provides a blueprint for other utilities and large customers in Nevada to accelerate their clean energy goals. We are excited to advance this regulatory process and share these advancements, enhancing economic opportunities for our state.”

© 2024 David Mazor

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Leave a Reply