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    1. In Iceland, Making Lemonade Out of Ash

      In Iceland, Making Lemonade Out of Ash
      Iceland's reputation in the business community has taken its lumps in recent years, from the collapse of the country's economy in 2008 and nationalization of its three main banks to the recent massive global travel disruption caused by the ash cloud released by its Eyjafjallajallajökulashaker volcano. One US firm with major operations in Iceland is using the latest incident to bring new visibility to the country's unique capability for hosting remote data center operations that capitalize on Iceland's geo-thermal activity to provide a constant, renewable, and low-cost source of power.
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    2. Are Washington State Taxes driving Data Center builders out of State?

      Are Washington State Taxes driving Data Center builders out of State?
      Sabey Corporation has partnered with National Real Estate Advisors to form a new venture that will expand Sabey’s data center operations beyond its core market in the Pacific northwest, the companies said Thursday. The new company, Sabey DataCenter Properties, will include Sabey’s existing data center developments. NREA will have a minority equity interest and will invest $100 million, which will be used to support the current portfolio and finance growth in new markets. Where Sabey is going isn’t stated, but it’s not in the State of Washington. Sabey is not identifying any of the markets where it may eventually operate data centers. But the company has forged a strong track record in building energy-efficient facilities, and its expansion comes at a time of growing interest in data centers built to the highest efficiency standards.
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      Mentions: Microsoft Corp
    3. The next decade: Renewable Energy

      The next decade: Renewable Energy
      The clock has just struck midnight on New Year’s Eve, 2020, and your rooftop cocktail party is in full swing. An urban garden, with potted evergreens and fruit trees, carpets the top of your downtown apartment building. The structure itself is vintage – a 1960’s brownstone that’s been retrofitted, by city-wide mandate. It operates on the new multi-source national electrical grid, which is supplied by wind, solar, geothermal power, as well as fossil fuels whose emissions are trapped underground. Rooftop Garden (Photo: Adpower99/Dreamstime.) In your apartment, appliances and plumbing fixtures are energy- and water-efficient – something you were able to afford with the help of government incentives that started in 2010.
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    4. Iceland: New Hot Spot for Data Centers?

      Iceland: New Hot Spot for Data Centers?
      With data center costs on the rise, Jeff Monroe is always looking for a deal. The CEO of Verne Global, a wholesale data-center hosting company, has searched the world for places that offer cheap power, easy cooling and reliable communications. While energy costs in the United States are uncertain, Iceland, with its seemingly-unlimited renewable energy, cool temperatures and three (soon to be four) transoceanic cables fits the bill perfectly, he says. "We are finding those points on the Earth that are optimized for server operation—Iceland hits on all those points," says Monroe.
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      Mentions: Apple Iceland Europe
    5. Transcript: A Green Recovery

      Transcript: A Green Recovery
      President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson believes green tech will transform Iceland and could do the same for the U.S. A Fundamental Change Well, first of all, let me say that if we hadn't become a green economy in terms of the energy sector in the last 30 or 40 years, we would have been hit much harder with our present economy crisis. When I was a kid in Iceland, over 80% of our entire energy needs came from imported energy, oil and coal. But the oil crisis in the 1970s made us change that in a fundamental way. So the end result now is that 100% of Icelandic electricity is green, domestically produced energy. And over 90% of the houses are heated in the same way. And this extremely low cost.
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      Mentions: Iceland Europe
    6. Wind Power Picks Up Speed at Other World Computing

      Wind Power Picks Up Speed at Other World Computing
      With the installation of a 500 kilowatt wind turbine on its manufacturing facility, Other World Computing says it is the world's first 100 percent wind-powered IT company. The wind turbine will generate an estimated 1.2 million kilowatt-hours of energy per year, which is more than double the amount OWC says it needs to power its LEED Platinum facility and data center; as a result, the company will be sold back to its electric utility. Although the ROI on the project is a relatively long 10-14 years based on current energy costs, there are added reasons for investing, the company's CEO said. "I made the decision to 100 percent self-fund this project because of the conservational benefits as well as the future cost of energy," Larry O'Connor said in a statement. "With the kilowatt hour rate in the Chicago market up 24.3 percent since 1999, it ...
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      Mentions: LEED
    7. Sabey Addresses Tukwila Flood Concerns

      Sabey Addresses Tukwila Flood Concerns
      Public officials in Tukwila, Wash. are preparing for potentially serious flooding in the Seattle suburb, but the owner of a major data center complex in town says its facilities are outside the threatened area. Sabey Corp., which operates the Intergate.East Technology Campus, says the development will remain “high and dry” in any flooding related to problems with the Howard Hanson dam. The dam was damaged during heavy rainfall last winter, prompting the Army Corps of Engineers to restrict water levels behind the dam. This will increase the volume of water in the Green River, raising the possibility that seasonal fall rains could overtop the levees and flood sections of Tukwila, Renton, Kent, South Seattle and Auburn.
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      Mentions: Microsoft Corp
    8. Twittered: Verne Global by Vertatique

      Location is becoming increasingly important to the Green Data Center marketplace. I've previously noted the popularity of the Columbia River Valley for mega data centers due to its inexpensive and low-carbon hydroelectricity, its temperate climate and water for cooling, and its fiber optic infrastructure. An Icelandic data center is now putting location front and center in its promotion. US company Verne Global cites what it calls the "Icelandic Advantage" of its data center:
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    9. Top challenges to alternative energy

      Top challenges to alternative energy
      The various forms alternative energy generation share a number of problems. Cost tops the list, when compared to traditional fossil-fuel-based systems. It is assumed the price of basic equipment, such as solar panels and wind turbines, will drop once the market grows large enough so competition—promoted by expanded government subsidies—will stimulate research and economies of scale. However, other problems may be more difficult, though far from impossible, to solve. Two of the biggest are stabilizing and storing the energy produced by the sun and wind, and improving the process efficiency along the entire chain from initial production to final delivery to the end-user. These problems require design and development of new techniques as well as improvement of existing ones.
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    10. Fixing Iceland

      Fixing Iceland
      Johanna Sigurdardottir, Iceland's first female prime minister, has her hands full guiding the nation of 300,000 through economic turmoil. Johanna Sigurdardottir was elected as Prime Minister of Iceland in February. Her predecessor, Geir Haarde, lost electoral support as a direct result of the global financial crisis. The tiny nation of 300,000 nearly collapsed as its three largest banks were felled by $80 billion of debt, over six times the country's GDP. Since taking office, Sigurdardottir, 66, has been working vigorously to fix the broken banking system. Though her constituents are skeptical, she is promoting entry into the European Union and adoption of the euro.
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      Mentions: Iceland Forbes
    11. Giant Oyster machine waves in electricity

      Giant Oyster machine waves in electricity
      A new approach to harnessing the ocean's power for energy is getting some positive attention. The Oyster, a giant oscillating device developed by Aquamarine Power that uses hydraulic technology to convert wave power into electricity, won the "Innovator of 2009" award from Britain's Renewable Energy Association in June. Then on July 15 the Edinburgh, Scotland-based company was awarded 60 million pounds (over $101 million) by the U.K.'s Department of Energy and Climate Change to further develop its device. Now comes the that the Oyster is set to be installed and working at a test site by this fall, according Aquamarine Power.
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      Mentions: United Kingdom
    12. British Columbia still committed to green power

      British Columbia still committed to green power
      British Columbia is still committed to promoting clean energy projects despite taking a blow on Tuesday from its own power utility regulator, the Canadian province's energy minister said in an interview with Reuters on Wednesday. Blair Lekstrom, British Columbia's minister of energy, mines and petroleum resources, said his government has not decided yet how it will respond to the regulator's rejection of parts of a business plan presented by government-owned power generator B.C. Hydro, including proposals to buy clean electricity from small, independent producers.
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    13. Falling for hydro all over again by carol wilson

      Falling for hydro all over again by carol wilson
      You can’t deny there’s a romantic ring to the idea that Niagara Falls will power Yahoo!’s next data center, being built in Lockport, N.Y. And while this is a recent development, hydroelectric power was the first renewable source of energy sought by those building data centers. The reasons are obvious – there’s nothing uncertain about hydroelectric power – its costs and benefits are well established, as is the technology that enables man to convert moving water into electricity. Before there was a major environmental push, major data center builders such as Google sought out river-side location for their largest operations, such as Google’s Oregon data center complex on the banks of the Columbia River.
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    14. Scottish Data Center Village Raises $1B

      Scottish Data Center Village Raises $1B
      Internet Villages International said this week that it has secured nearly $1 billion in financial backing for its planned 3 million square foot “data center village” in Annandale, Scotland. The company also said it will partner with APC by Schneider, which will provide the technology and infrastructure for multiple data centers on an initial 125-acre phase of the development. IVI’s long-range plans for the campus, known as ALBA1, include more than 3 million square feet of data center space with a total development cost of 1 billion pounds ($1.6 billion). Internet Villages did not identify the investor who had committed to provide 600 million pounds ($979 million) to back the project. One of the major marketing points for IVI and Scotland locations is the ability to design a data center around renewable energy sources.
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    15. International Hydropower Association World Congress

      International Hydropower Association World Congress
      Melting banks. A tumbling currency. More lousy Björk singles. Iceland's pride has taken a pummeling over the past year. But delegates at this summit will discover that the Arctic nation still has one thing to boast about: its ability to turn water into watts. Hydroelectric dams generate more than 80% of Iceland's electricity. That cheap, clean power could reenergize the economy by attracting electricity-hungry industries. Alcoa has opened a $1 billion aluminum smelter in eastern Iceland, and Microsoft and Google are reportedly considering the country as a data-center site.
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      Mentions: Iceland
    16. The price of carbon and your data center by Doug Mohney

      The price of carbon and your data center by Doug Mohney
      Recent market trading in Europe and U.S. estimates put the price of carbon at around $20 a ton today. By 2010, the non-profit Investor Responsibility Research Center thinks that the world will see pricing of $28.24 per ton, says Forbes. Regardless of the mechanism – a flat carbon emitter tax, cap-and-trade policies, or carbon offset buys – data center operators have to start factoring in the cost of carbon into their operation. First, let’s be honest: It is hard to predict the future with great certainty, doubly so when we move from lies, damned lies, and statistics into the realm of computer modeling built on assumptions that may or may not have to do anything with the real world. However, having said that, barring a sudden set of breakthroughs in energy generation and/or conservation, your electric bill has a good chance of having a carbon tax built into ...
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      Mentions: Doug Mohney Forbes
    17. Saving Green by Going Green by Tate Cantrell

      Saving Green by Going Green by Tate Cantrell
      It’s no secret that companies today are facing mounting pressure from government agencies, media and the concerned public to take major steps in reducing the environmental impact of their traditionally power-hungry data centers. Their efforts range from implementing basic energy assessment programs and enacting green design initiatives to using more eco-friendly materials and seeking out new power sources. In today’s tough economy though, it can’t be just about going green for goodness sake. Smart companies are seeking out opportunities for environmental projects that also work to whittle away at the corporate bottom line. Search for an area of rising cost where a reduction has an overall environmental benefit to a company’s green portfolio. Energy is the most obvious example. As such, power consumption has become a popular target area for greening a data center, but as companies are finding out, it’s not sufficient on its ...
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    18. Iceland is Looking Better than Ever

      Iceland is Looking Better than Ever
      A new study by US real estate specialist, Grubb & Ellis, has identified a pending shortage of data center space in the US. According to this report by DataCenterKnowledge, the situation is becoming critical for companies with large requirements. Jim Kerrigan, director at Grubb & Ellis’ National Data Center Group says there’s only six sites in the US right now that can support 7 megawatts of power or more than 50,000 square feet of contiguous space. Kerrigan and Grubb & Ellis should know too. The company is a major real estate consultant, advisory, brokerage service providers with offices across the US and it is its business to know when people are looking for particular types of real estate, or have rental capacity available. With the US government’s recent announcement that it wants to adopt cloud services, and the global credit crunch delaying new builds, the situation is so bad that ...
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      Mentions: Iceland
    19. Sabey Confirms Huge Quincy Data Center

      Sabey Confirms Huge Quincy Data Center
      It’s official: Sabey Corporation will build a 525,000-square-foot data center campus in Quincy, Wash., the company said today. Sabey will break ground this summer on Intergate.Quincy, which will feature three data center facilities on 40 acres. Sabey Corp. decided to build the campus in Quincy after its leasing success at its Intergate.Columbia in nearby East Wenatchee, where T-Mobile and VMware signed on as tenants within a year of groundbreaking. Sabey, a Seattle-based developer, began evaluating prospects for a data center in Quincy in 2007, and has listed the project on its web site for several months. The new development continues the data center building boom in central Washington, where Microsoft, Yahoo, Ask.com and Intuit, have opened large data centers, drawn by the area’s low power rates and clean hydro-electric power from nearby dams on the Columbia River. Sabey notes that while the other projects ...
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      Mentions: Microsoft Corp
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