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Datacenters Curbed as Pressure Grows on Power Grids

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Electrical towers.

Governments around the world are intensifying their scrutiny of the building of new datacenters over fears their huge energy usage is putting excessive pressure on national electrical grids.

Credit: Bloomberg News

Across the globe, concerns about the substantial amount of energy used by datacenters have led to restrictions on their construction.

So far, Ireland, Germany, Singapore, and China, as well as Loudon County, VA, and Amsterdam, Netherlands, have implemented strict environmental requirements for datacenters.

Analysts expect more restrictions to be imposed as governments assess the impact of increased Internet use on electrical grids.

Microsoft, Google, and Amazon already are working to achieve sustainability targets through wind and solar energy investments.

From Financial Times
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