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New Study: America's Data Centers Consuming, and Wasting, Growing Amounts of Energy

August 29, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Data Centers and Energy Use

All of our online activity is delivered through nearly 3 million data centers across America, from small closets and larger server rooms, to mammoth “cloud” server farms. Their explosive growth is gulping huge amounts of energy, and despite some efficiency improvements much of it is still wasted.[read more]

Putting the Smart-Grid-Enabled Data Center to the Test

December 12, 2013 by Jeff St. John

Smart Grid Data Center

For the past two years, Power Assure has been trying out a new approach to data center energy efficiency: turning servers themselves into power-aware, energy-shifting assets. The idea is to move beyond the individual data center as the core measure of energy value.[read more]

Microsoft: 'Computational Demand Response' Could Lower Data Center Emissions 99 Percent

June 28, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

Data Center Emissions

Microsoft has just published a new paper outlining two algorithms that could help data center operators predict the cheapest and cleanest times on the grid for intensive computation.[read more]

Google Gobbles Up Entire Output of New Swedish Wind Farm

June 9, 2013 by Tina Casey

Google's Finnish Data Center

The renewable energy world was abuzz last week with news that Google has just nailed down an exclusive agreement with a Swedish wind farm developer to provide its Finnish data center with wind power for the next ten years.[read more]

Energy Efficiency or Dirty Digital Footprints? Looking at "Green" Websites' Energy Use

May 4, 2013 by Tom Schueneman
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dirty data?

 

Most people think the web is a green medium, but the average website has a carbon footprint similar to a book or a newspaper. A 2011 analysis suggests IT is responsible for two to four percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.[read more]

Google Embraces Renewables for Energy Efficiency

March 25, 2013 by Kristopher Settle
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data centers

Google’s data centers typically use half the power of a conventional one through various energy efficiency means, saving the company over $1 billion in energy costs.[read more]

5 Ideal Participants for Demand Response

March 8, 2013 by Sarah Battaglia

For years, utility companies have relied on demand response to protect the electric grid in times of extreme demand. But which organizations are ideal candidates for it?[read more]

Clouds Have A Heavier Energy Footprint Than Expected

October 2, 2012 by Tom Arnold

The term cloud computing suggests an ethereal realm of software and data. But the servers, cooling systems, and back-up generators that undergird popular internet services remain stubbornly earthbound, and carry a heavy and growing energy footprint.“They don’t get a bonus for saving on the electric bill. They get a bonus for having the...[read more]

Can N.B. land Google?

July 27, 2009 by MichaelSmith1

CHELSEA MURRAY TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL As the IT industry’s greenhouse gas emissions skyrocket, corporations such as Google are looking for locations abundant in cheap renewable resources to house their infamous energy-sucking data centres. At U.S.-based data centres, Google spends 40 per cent of annual payroll costs on health care compared to...[read more]

Offshore wind power and data center?

July 20, 2009 by Michael Giberson

A reader points out a news release by Baryonyx Corp. announcing its success in a recent Texas lease offer for two offshore wind concessions. Baryonyx intends not only to build the offshore wind power plants but also to co-locate a high-reliability data center with the wind farms. File the idea as “just so crazy it might work.” At first...[read more]

The Squander Sector

May 30, 2008 by Eddy De Clercq

According to the EC, the European ICT sector should not only deprive less energy themselves but also develop solutions to lessen energy consumption in other sectors. The European Commission warns that fuel consumption will increase with 25% by 2012 if no measures are taken. One notes that data centres deprive a lot energy unnecessarily...[read more]