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Oct 1 2008   1:43PM GMT

Bill Weihl of Google to speak at Uptime conference

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

The Uptime Institute has announced that Bill Weihl, the green energy leader at search giant Google, will give a major keynote at the institute’s annual conference this spring.

Weihl, often referred to as Google’s “green energy czar,” will talk about his company’s various green-energy initiatives at the Uptime Institute’s Symposium, which is scheduled for April 13-16 in New York City.

Last year reporter Bridget Botelho spoke with Weihl about some of Google’s energy efficiency initiatives, including the company’s plan to go carbon neutral by 2008. Well, it isn’t the end of the year yet, but we’ll certainly be able to find out whether that goal was achieved by the time of the keynote. Some of the ways Google has saved energy in the data center include building its own servers with power supplies that are 90% efficient, installing about 9,000 solar panels at its Mountain View, Calif. headquarters, and in a recent patent filing, detailing the possibility of data centers that float in the ocean, powered by crashing waves.

So yes, it will definitely be interesting to see what Weihl has to say in April.

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