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    1. Cutting Data Center Energy As Easy As Containing Cooling

      Cutting Data Center Energy As Easy As Containing Cooling
      Facebook, Google and Yahoo have recently been innovating around building greener data centers, but not all energy efficiency data center projects have to be so novel. Some (arguably most) of the solutions are downright boring. Take an announcement from Verizon this morning — the telco has been cutting the energy consumption of its data centers by installing panels made by Polargy which isolate air from data center cooling systems in certain areas that need it.
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    2. How To Build A Modern Data Center

      How To Build A Modern Data Center
      Borrowing ideas from Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, Vantage is building three wholesale data centers in Santa Clara that focus on energy efficiency. A new type of data center is going up in Santa Clara, Calif., built by Vantage, a specialist in creating modern computing space. The facility's design and energy use is only one step behind the leaders in the field, Google and Facebook. Unlike Vantage, however, Google and Facebook tend to build their data centers in remote, optimum locations like the Columbia River Valley, where power is cheap, or in central Oregon where the cool nights and high desert climate aid in the fight to keep densely packed computer equipment from overheating.
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    3. A Data Vault With a Green Complexion

      A Data Vault With a Green Complexion
      Its located just 30 miles from a huge, extremely efficient Facebook data center whose debut triggered an avalanche of media coverage. But the BendBroadband Vault, which opened its doors this week, is a data center with its own distinctive story to tell. The 30,000 square foot facility integrates a number of progressive strategies to address its energy impact, including on-site solar power generation, a fresh air cooling system that uses a “heat wheel” (Kyoto Cooling) system, and hot air containment in its server room. The Vault also purchases renewable energy credits through its utility, Pacific Power & Light, that offset the data center’s electricity use. (See Closer Look: The BendBroadband Vault for photos).
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    4. Web Host BendBroadband Opens Tier III Data Center in Oregon

      Web Host BendBroadband Opens Tier III Data Center in Oregon
      Web hosting provider BendBroadband (www.bendbroadband.com) announced on Monday it has launched the Vault, a 30,000 square foot Tier III enterprise-class green data center in Bend, Oregon. First announced last June, the data center has partnered with managed hosting provider Logicalis (www.logicalis.com) to offer a full host of dedicated managed services, in addition to colocation, disaster recovery, and cloud computing services. The data center is built in a former warehouse in the Basalt Business Park at 20845 Sockeye Place, located in Oregon's Enterprise Zone. The rich fiber presence and diverse paths of entry into the data center will ensure a robust connectivity solution, making this new facility one of the most desirable for mission-critical IT infrastructure and disaster recovery on the West Coast, says the company.
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    5. Greenpeace: Facebook’s Solar Use ‘Encouraging’

      Greenpeace: Facebook’s Solar Use ‘Encouraging’
      Greenpeace International today commended Facebook for its use of on-site solar panels to supplement utility power at its new data center in Prineville, Oregon. The positive comments followed a year of critiques of Facebook over its power sourcing to support its huge new Oregon data center.
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    6. Report from a Data Center: Part 3, Green is not yet green

      Report from a Data Center: Part 3, Green is not yet green
      Windows & Net Magazine (blog)Report from a Data Center: Part 3, Green is not yet greenWindows & Net Magazine (blog)The more interesting technologies we saw at the green data center at HP's research facility (ice-making to cover cooling during peak-energy use times; conceptual models for using methane gas from cows to power cooling) have obviously not hit the ...
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    7. Datacenter Discussions: Savvis and Sungard

      Datacenter Discussions: Savvis and Sungard
      DatacenterDynamicsDatacenter Discussions: Savvis and SungardDatacenterDynamicsA. NC: Delivering the most sustainable IT infrastructure that we can is an ongoing challenge and at Savvis we have a number of initiatives to improve energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of our data centers. Our approach to building data ...and more »
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    8. Facebook for electricity?

      Facebook for electricity?
      Intelligent UtilityFacebook for electricity?Intelligent Utility"Microgrids can serve as living laboratories for the prolifera-tion of technologies ranging from generation (especially renewables), transmission, distribution, building energy management and data center energy efficiency. "College campuses also have ...
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    9. Google Invests Massive $168M in BrightSource Solar Project

      Google Invests Massive $168M in BrightSource Solar Project
      The solar investments from Google just keep on comin', and this, time it's a biggie. On Monday afternoon, the search engine giant announced its largest investment in renewable energy to date: $168 million into BrightSource Energy's solar project in the Mojave Desert in California. Even for the clean power fans at Google, the size of the funding is impressive. To date, Google’s investments in solar and wind farms have been considerably smaller, including announcing last week that it would put €3.5 million ($5 million USD) into a solar photovoltaic farm in Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany, which is near Berlin. In May 2010, Google announced it planned to invest $38.8 million into 169.5 megawatts worth of wind projects developed by NextEra Energy Resources in North Dakota.
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    10. Cloud Use Rises, Mainframe Usage Declines as Data Centers Grow and Green ...

      Cloud Use Rises, Mainframe Usage Declines as Data Centers Grow and Green ...
      Cloud Use Rises, Mainframe Usage Declines as Data Centers Grow and Green ...MyHostNews.com (press release)This latest report proves top issues include the demands of space, energy efficiency, and physical and logical security. - Data Centers are Not Prepared for Disasters: More than 15 percent of respondents said their data center has no plan for data ...and more »
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    11. How Indian telecom sector is going Green

      How Indian telecom sector is going Green
      It is irrefutable that energy is a dominant cost component for telecom companies. From an operator perspective, about two-thirds of the cost—the opex costs happens to be network costs. Of this two-thirds cost, energy remains one of the largest items, standing at almost one-third of the total opex. Operators face a cost-crunch as tariffs drop, while about 5–8 per cent of the total revenue per call or revenue per minute is relayed to energy cost.
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    12. Green challenges in the data center

      Green challenges in the data center
      “A clean and secure supply of power is critical to today’s data centers and IT facilities” – and there’s certainly no arguing with the evident truth of that statement from Michael Adams, AEG Power Solutions’ global VP of data and IT. With Greenpeace estimating in its recent report, titled Cloud Computing and its Contribution to Climate Change, that by 2020 data center power consumption could approach 2m MW hours, the industry has little choice but to look beyond simple energy efficiencies to examine the kind of electricity it will be using in future.
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    13. Behind the feud between Greenpeace and Facebook over renewable energy.

      Behind the feud between Greenpeace and Facebook over renewable energy.
      It all began in January 2010, when Facebook announced plans to build its first data center in Prineville, Ore., which is expected to begin operating in a few months. Facebook boasted that its new data center would be one of the most energy efficient in the IT industry, with a PUE rating of 1.15. (A PUE is an energy efficiency measurement; most IT companies aim for a PUE between 2 and 1.5.) What's more, Facebook explained, the chilly weather of Prineville would reduce its cooling costs.
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    14. India's Solar Power Market Is El Fuego

      India's Solar Power Market Is El Fuego
      While Europe and the United States have attracted major investments in solar energy in recent years, a growing number of solar outfits – big and small – are placing their biggest bets on significant and sustained growth in India’s solar energy market. The prodigious amounts of electricity needed to power India’s emerging economy – which is grappling with supply shortfalls in electricity – combined with concerns about curbing carbon emissions has resulted in a patchwork of government policies and programs across India promoting investment in solar energy. These include a national REC market, feed-in-tariffs, tax incentives and so on and so forth.
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    15. India's first LEED Gold rated data center

      India's first LEED Gold rated data center
      It's a well formed perception that data centers are the power guzzlers of today. In a world where green has become much more than just a buzz word, these power monsters are indeed getting a lot of attention. According to a report by McKinsey & Company, data centers contribute a little less than 3% to overall global emissions. In a few years' time, the figure is expected to escalate substantially. Although the drive for greening the data center has been around for quite some time in the West, the concept is still fairly new in India.
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    16. Iceland Has the World's Cleanest Electricity

      Iceland Has the World's Cleanest Electricity
      Not many bathing spas would choose to locate next to an electricity plant, let alone plunge visitors into the plant's murky waters. But in Iceland, the HS Orka utility company pumps 50 L of hot brine per second into the sprawling Blue Lagoon pool, which draws more visitors a year than the country's population. But then, there's a lot that's different on this subarctic island where 318,000 people inhabit 103,000 sq. km. (At that density, Manhattan's population would be 224.) They eat puffin. The 68-year-old Prime Minister married her female partner in June. The capital, Reykjavík, elected a comedian as mayor in May. Angry protesters outside Parliament in October tossed not blood but yogurt. "We are a little bit strange," allows Katrin Juliusdottir, the Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism. "But strange in an interesting way."
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    17. Data Center Energy Sources: A Game of Give and Take

      Data Center Energy Sources: A Game of Give and Take
      If increasing demand for IT resources and increasing public awareness of environmental issues have combined to say one thing, it’s that data centers are energy hogs. To some extent, this is unavoidable: if consumers and businesses want IT services, data centers must consume energy to provide them. Data processing, transmission, and storage—even in an ideal world with perfectly efficient, 100% utilized equipment—all require energy. Consequently, more demand means more energy consumption. So what is the best energy source for a data center that wants to meet customer demand and also appease its environmental conscience? The answer to that question is less than clear. If we set aside efforts to increase efficiency and resource utilization (efforts that have limits), The IT industry can meet demand in an environmentally responsible manner either by choosing an appropriate type (or a mix) of energy sources or by cutting back on the ...
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    18. SAP's Plan to Make Money by Cutting Carbon

      SAP's Plan to Make Money by Cutting Carbon
      Three years ago, software provider SAP was informed by one of its customers, a large European telecommunications company, that their business relationship would cease unless SAP produced a report detailing its energy use and greenhouse-gas footprint. A growing number of companies headquartered in Europe, as SAP is, were producing such documents along with their traditional annual reports. "It went from a nice-to-have to a must-have," says Rami Branitzky, the managing director of SAP Labs North America.
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    19. Location and Cost Lawuits Against Renewable Energy

      Location and Cost Lawuits Against Renewable Energy
      There are two types of lawsuits facing Renewable Energy projects around the country. The first involves the same issue faced by all major developments, siting and location. The second type of lawsuit facing the Renewable Energy sector is over the cost of its energy or what the ratepayer must pay for the price of kilowatt hour of energy from wind or solar. The siting or location issue has been handled by many states in the same way the cell phone tower debate was handled, the establishment of a state siting board. Most states allow some kind of home rule, allowing a specific town or city to opt out of a Renewable Energy project. Some states do not allow this. Many of the states use the local jurisdiction opt out as way for property owners and abutters to air their grievances against a project at the local town planning board hearings ...
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    20. 10 Greentech Predictions for 2011

      10 Greentech Predictions for 2011
      Yep, it’s that time of year again; get ready for the flurry of end-of-the-year market prediction posts. While last year, I laid out what I thought would be the 5 Biggest Hurdles for Greentech in 2010, this year, Jeff St. John makes 9 predictions (plus 1 that I add in) about what the greentech sector will look like in 2011. For the full post, check out GigaOM Pro (subscription required):
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    21. WSJ: Forget the UN Climate Convention -- Rethink Innovation Instead

      WSJ: Forget the UN Climate Convention -- Rethink Innovation Instead
      The failure of the U.N. climate process is proof that shared economic sacrifice cannot be the basis of global action. Nations will not scale up clean energy as long as it remains so much more expensive than fossil fuels. Thinking past talks in Cancun, nations should focus instead on energy innovation, adaptation, and no regrets policies that do not require agreement about global warming. The first step is recognizing that the global market for clean energy exists only thanks to government subsidies and mandates. Instead of imposing emissions controls and subsidizing existing technologies, nations should use competitive deployment to purchase advanced energy technologies, benchmark the winners, and allow intellectual property to spill-over between firms and nations. This is the framework we propose for pragmatic global climate action in the cover story for a special energy section in today's Wall Street Journal, pegged to the start of U.N ...
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    22. Large Reno Project to Generate Its Own Power

      Large Reno Project to Generate Its Own Power
      Data centers are in the business of supplying power, and lots of it. But that usually means creating a mission-critical environment supported by electricity from a local utility. An ambitious new project near Reno, Nevada plans to expand the data center development model to include massive on-site power generation from multiple sources in addition to a power feed from the local utility. The Reno Technology Park is a 2,200 acre property being developed by the Unique Infrastructure Group, which plans to provide at least 300 megawatts of on-site power generation from natural gas, along with on-site renewable energy sources that could provide an additional 140 megawatts. The developers believe the abundant supply of land and power can support up to 1.5 million square feet of data center space, built over time, with the first facilities coming online in early 2012.
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