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From Amazon to Etsy, tech fights Trump's plan to save coal

Emma Ockerman | Bloomberg | 30 November 2017

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Matt Mooren, energy markets expert at PA Consulting Group, discusses the tech sector’s push toward renewable power as data demand grows.  

The article notes that power used by all the nation’s data centers is set to climb 4% from 2014 to 2020, and that server farms now draw enough electricity to light up Las Vegas and the rest of Nevada, twice over. It adds that Alphabet has called on utilities to create “buy-as-you-go” renewable energy programs as the demands of modern electricity consumers have outgrown the standard utility business model.

Matt says: “Utilities aren’t opposed to investing in renewable power. But technology companies are demanding supplies in quantities that could disrupt the reliability of transmission systems.”

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