Beware of Google's Interest in the Electricity System

Beware of Google's Interest in the Electricity System
(Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP)
How excited would you be about the possibility of Google owning and operating your local electric utility? Or controlling how electricity gets to you? Maybe let the company spread some of its energy costs around the neighborhood, maybe sell some of your information?
Does that sound good?
Well, it’s a distinct possibility. The road to Google controlling electricity markets runs right through relatively obscure but crucial quasi-governmental operations called regional transmission organizations, or RTOs.
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