Lots of recent jaw about data centers, which has produced some new facts and bedfellows. A new study conducted by Jonathan Koomey, the well respected energy analyst from Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, estimates that 1.2 percent of America's energy goes towards powering data centers. This is a critical update to these figures; the last study was in 2000. Energy use for these centers also went up by 50 percent from 2000 to 2005, and that is expected to rise another 75 percent by 2010.
The Good thing is that folks are teaming up to solve the problem. PG&E for example is now leading a national utilities commission to coordinate activities for the high tech sector. They are also offering to reimburse up to 50 percent of the costs of any server consolidation project. That will save a bundle. Get the big vendors and Google on board and we'll have ourselves a brouhaha.