Die New York Times berichtet in einem längeren Artikel über Cloud-Fabriken, also Datenzentren, ihrem massiven Stromverbrauch und Strategien, wie man diesen reduzieren könnte: Power, Pollution and the Internet.
Worldwide, the digital warehouses use about 30 billion watts of electricity, roughly equivalent to the output of 30 nuclear power plants, according to estimates industry experts compiled for The Times. Data centers in the United States account for one-quarter to one-third of that load, the estimates show. “It’s staggering for most people, even people in the industry, to understand the numbers, the sheer size of these systems,” said Peter Gross, who helped design hundreds of data centers. “A single data center can take more power than a medium-size town.”