powering the net

 nevada power plant

Yesterday’s post discussed the physicality of the Net in terms of its vulnerability. Today, it’s time to talk about its impact on our world.

Over at Green Wombat last year, Todd Woody did some calculations as to how much power Internet servers consume. It turns out that by 2005, servers (not counting Google) consumed some 1.2 percent of the U. S.’s electricity. Around 14 1,000 megawatt power plants (each roughly the size of the remaining operational reactor at Three Mile Island or twice the size of Nevada’s Reid Gardner, above) are required to keep the net humming. See here.

And see also Rodrigo Piwonka’s project in the 2007 Netlab studio on Carbon Credits for a suggestion as to how the contribution to greenhouses gas might be remedied. 

 

 nevada power plant

Yesterday’s post discussed the physicality of the Net in terms of its vulnerability. Today, it’s time to talk about its impact on our world.

Over at Green Wombat last year, Todd Woody did some calculations as to how much power Internet servers consume. It turns out that by 2005, servers (not counting Google) consumed some 1.2 percent of the U. S.’s electricity. Around 14 1,000 megawatt power plants (each roughly the size of the remaining operational reactor at Three Mile Island or twice the size of Nevada’s Reid Gardner, above) are required to keep the net humming. See here.

And see also Rodrigo Piwonka’s project in the 2007 Netlab studio on Carbon Credits for a suggestion as to how the contribution to greenhouses gas might be remedied. 

 

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