The latest Google energy initiative is their $200 million investment in an Atlantic wind power transmission grid. The underwater Atlantic Wind Connection Project is expected to eventually power 1.9 million homes in Virginia, New York and New Jersey at a final cost of about $5 billion.
According to the official Google blog, the line will be able to connect up to 6,000MW of wind capacity to the grid. When geographically seperated wind farms are linked together – along with other forms of sustainable generating capacity – the problems associated with the intermittancy of wind can be mitigated. In total, the area has an estimated wind power potential of 60,000 MW.