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    1. U.K. wagers on large-scale wave power

      U.K. wagers on large-scale wave power
      The European Union will consider whether a massive wave energy project from Scotland should receive a piece of a renewable-energy and carbon reduction project fund that could total billions of euros. The Pentland Orkney Wave Energy Resource (POWER) project was nominated this week by the U.K. government for the NER300, a fund managed jointly by the European Commission, European Investment Bank, and member states that's named after the 300 million carbon "allowances" being sold to raise the funds. If approved, funded, and built, the wave energy farm would be the largest grid-connected wave energy farm in the world, according to the Scottish European Green Energy Centre. The POWER project as currently proposed would place 24 wave energy converters from Pelamis Wave Power and 10 Oyster 3 wave energy converters from Aquamarine Power in the Orkneys off the coast of Scotland. They would tie in to the Scottish electric ...
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    2. Facebook Turns to Smart Lighting for Data Center

      Facebook Turns to Smart Lighting for Data Center
      Facebook’s new data center in Oregon has gotten its fair share of attention, both for Facebook’s decision to open up the energy-efficient design, and also for Greenpeace’s campaign to try to convince Facebook to stop powering it with coal. But here’s another reason to recognize the data center: Facebook has installed a smart lighting system courtesy of startup Redwood Systems. Sam Klepper, Chief Marketing Officer for Redwood Systems, tells me Facebook is currently using Redwood System’s technology to control over 1,000 lights in Facebook’s data center in Oregon, and Facebook plans to add the lighting system to the rest of the buildings at the Oregon data center shortly.
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      Mentions: Greenpeace Facebook
    3. Facebook Data Centre Strategist Logging Out

      Facebook Data Centre Strategist Logging Out
      Jonathan Heiliger, instigator of Facebook’s green data centre initiative, is leaving at the end of summer Jonathan Heiliger, the architect of Facebook’s data centre strategy and its move to greener operations, is leaving the company at the end of summer. He has been vice president of technical operations with the company for four years and joined when the company had under 100 million users. During his tenure he has managed the rapid growth which now has to accommodate up to 700 million active users per month.
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      Mentions: Facebook
    4. Dirty Data Centre Will Poison Apple Greenpeace Warns

      Dirty Data Centre Will Poison Apple Greenpeace Warns
      Apple is set to produce some of the dirtiest data in the world in North Carolina, according to Greenpeace. A report from environmental watchdog Greenpeace found that although Apple has become increasingly transparent about the environmental footprint and operational performance of its products, especially laptops and iPhones, it has not been as forthcoming about the current or expected impacts of its online products.
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    5. Greenpeace Study Targets "Dirty Power" in Cloud Computing

      Greenpeace Study Targets "Dirty Power" in Cloud Computing
      Environmental organization Greenpeace (www.greenpeace.org) announced on Thursday it has released a new study that highlights the rapidly growing environmental footprint of the online world and evaluates both good and bad energy choices made by top IT companies such as Facebook, Google, Apple, and Yahoo!. Titled "How Dirty is Your Data?," the report details the large amount of electricity required to power cloud offerings. The report argues that despite significant advances in energy efficient data center design, the IT industry is "both largely ignoring the importance of using renewable power as a top criterion for locating new infrastructure and is not transparent in disclosing its energy use."
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    6. Greenpeace Ramps Up Pressure on Facebook’s Coal Use

      Greenpeace Ramps Up Pressure on Facebook’s Coal Use
      Greenpeace has hit a new record with its Facebook “unfriend coal” campaign. No, not a record for how much it can harass the social network (well, kind of), but a Guinness World Record for how many comments a single Facebook post has received in a 24-hour period. The Facebook “unfriend coal” page now has over 69,000 comments, and the previous Guinness Record was 50,000 comments.
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    7. Greenpeace Lays Out 5-Step Plan for Facebook to Ditch Coal Power

      Greenpeace Lays Out 5-Step Plan for Facebook to Ditch Coal Power
      With just over three weeks until Earth Day 2011, Greenpeace today continued its efforts to convince Facebook to adopt a policy of clean energy to power its data centers. The latest moves in Greenpeace's "Unfriend Coal" campaign, which we've been covering for more than a year -- see here, here, and here for some of our coverage -- is hoping to pressure the social network to switch from coal and nuclear power for its data centers and embrace renewable energy technologies like so many of its IT industry peers.
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    8. Tips for data center efficiency

      Tips for data center efficiency
      Since 2005, the data center market has matured significantly with respect to an overall understanding of the drivers of energy efficiency. Several private organizations in the United States and Canada (ASHRAE, Green Grid, Green Globes) and worldwide (CIBSE, Japan CASBEE, Australia Green Star) have developed robust standards and criteria aimed at making buildings and data centers more energy and water efficient. These standards and criteria work well in developing a decision-making framework in both new data center design and retrofit projects. The release of the standards and metrics is timely as we begin to see a proliferation of local, state, and federal energy-efficiency guidelines and programs.
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    9. 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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    10. The Inconvenient Truth About Carbon Intensity

      The Inconvenient Truth About Carbon Intensity
      There’s nothing like being specific, and being persistent. Last year, environmental campaigner Greenpeace asked Facebook to stop using coal-fired power in its power stations; this year, it’s back on the subject. And this time it’s setting a deadline. Greenpeace has asked Facebook to commit, before Earth Day, to stop using carbon-fired electricity within ten years. For nearly a year, Facebook has been asking cloud operators and social networks to clean up their IT acts, but has focused on Facebook since last September, as the biggest and most obvious target.
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    11. Greenpeace Sets Deadline For Facebook To ‘Unfriend’ Coal

      Greenpeace Sets Deadline For Facebook To ‘Unfriend’ Coal
      Greenpeace has asked social networking giant Facebook to make a promise on Earth Day (22 April), to stop using coal-fired electricity. The environmental campaign group’s “Unfriend Coal” campaign has singled out Facebook in its war on dirty tech, because of the company’s decision to site its first wholly-owned data centre in Oregon, using electricity from PacificCorp, an energy company which makes two thirds of its power using coal. Greenpeace wants Facebook to promise to increase its use of clean energy, develop a plan to mitigate its climate footprint and become coal-free by 2021. It has also asked the company to educate its users about how its services are powered, and advocate for clean energy at a local, national and international level.
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    12. 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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    13. GreenWise poll: will 2011 be significant for green business?

      GreenWise poll: will 2011 be significant for green business?
      GreenWise polled 25 firms, NGOs, business groups and commentators for their views on the outlook for the low carbon economy and green business in 2011. We asked them: Will 2011 be a significant year for the low carbon economy and green business, and if so, why? Green business Paul Turner, head of Sustainable Development, Lloyds Banking Group: There are a number of forces at play which leads me to believe 2011 will be a good year for the ’green economy’ and hopefully a significant one too.
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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. Carbon Regulations in 2011: How Bad Will it Get?

      Carbon Regulations in 2011: How Bad Will it Get?
      2010 was supposed to be the year that the U.S. got serious about carbon emissions and the global warming it supposedly causes. A serious attack on carbon emissions, plus a carbon cap-and-trade scheme, would have created a limit on carbon from all industrial sectors while allowing some industries to continue emitting through the purchase of carbon allowances, and other industries to profit by selling those allowances. All this was supposed to set up the grand debut of Green IT was a key player in making those reductions possible. After all, IT emits as much carbon as the aviation sector, and that number is expected to grow as more data center come online to serve an increasingly connected and online global population. Well, it didn't quite work out that way. Raging battles over other legislative priorities and dithering by China and India, as well as public embarrassments such as ...
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    17. Hydropower Makes Data Centre Carbon Neutral

      Hydropower Makes Data Centre Carbon Neutral
      IT hosting company UKFast is claiming to be the first carbon neutral hosting company in Britain, after achieving the PAS 2060 (Publicly Available Specification 2060) certification of carbon neutrality published by the British Standards Institution. Colombia, Antioquia Department - La Cascada The PAS certification confirms that all of UKFast’s in-house CO2 emissions have been offset – from staff travel to data centre emissions. The offsetting has been achieved through contributions to three large-scale hydroelectric power schemes in Columbia (left), Brazil and Turkey.
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    18. Data Centre Carbon Counting – Could It Cool The Arguments?

      Data Centre Carbon Counting – Could It Cool The Arguments?
      When Facebook fell out with Greenpeace over coal-fired power, the new Green Grid measurement might have helped sort things out, says Peter Judge. Arguments about data centre power took a nasty turn earlier this year. Facebook announced it had a very efficient new data centre, in Oregon, that used just about as little energy as it possibly could. And suddenly Greenpeace started kicking it hard, because the energy it did use, came from coal-fired power stations. Facebook built its data centre – the first one it fully owned – in Pineville, Oregon, and it is impressively efficient. The local climate allows it to use outside air temperatures for cooling most of the year round, so it doesn’t have to waste much electricity on refrigeration for the servers.
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    19. 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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    20. Study warns against hyping carbon-fixing biochar

      Study warns against hyping carbon-fixing biochar
      Of all the approaches to cutting carbon emissions, making charcoal and putting it in the ground as fertilizer would seem one of the least controversial. But a report published today offers words of caution around expecting too much from biochar. Biochar, also called man-made charcoal, is made by decomposing plants and other organic materials into charcoal through pyrolysis, or slowly burning biomass at high temperatures with no oxygen. The resulting biochar can be used as a soil fertilizer, a technique used by ancient civilizations in the Amazon.
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    21. Green on Facebook Aims to Fend-Off Coal Criticisms

      Green on Facebook Aims to Fend-Off Coal Criticisms
      Coal-fired electricity is still the cheapest form of electricity around, that is, if you don't count the environmental and social costs of emitting large amounts of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and mercury into our air and water. The right mix of cheap electricity, cheap labor, and proximity to raw materials and transportation arteries were key to determining the landscape of economic development in this country for the better part of a century. Yet as this country drifts away from a manufacturing-centered economy towards an information-centered one, with more data centers being built than manufacturing plants, the practice of locating energy-intensive businesses near cheap electricity remains.
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    22. Nations That Debate Coal Use Export It to Feed China’s Need

      Nations That Debate Coal Use Export It to Feed China’s Need
      Even as developed countries close or limit the construction of coal-fired power plants out of concern over pollution and climate-warming emissions, coal has found a rapidly expanding market elsewhere: Asia, particularly China. At ports in Canada, Australia, Indonesia, Colombia and South Africa, ships are lining up to load coal for furnaces in China, which has evolved virtually overnight from a coal exporter to one of the world’s leading purchasers.
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    23. Cbi Comments On Government’S Changes To Carbon Reduction Scheme

      Cbi Comments On Government’S Changes To Carbon Reduction Scheme
      The CBI today (Wednesday) reacted to a speech by Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, at the CBIs Climate Change Summit 2010, in which he announced a consultation on the Carbon Reduction Commitment and a delay in the introduction of phase two the trading part of the s...
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