Tech firms like Google, Amazon push power companies toward solar and wind, a blow to coal

SAN FRANCISCO  — Every time you save a photo to the cloud, buy something on Amazon, open a Google doc or stream a movie, you’re probably pulling electricity from a windmill in Texas or a solar farm in Virginia. Since 2008, renewable energy has gone from 9% to 18% of the U.S.

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Image courtesy of: Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY

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