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Where the Internet’s Power Comes From (via Mackerel Sky)


This summer, Chris Mergerson and I – along with another friend and LBJ student, Mark – explored the intersection of the internet and energy as a part of a fabulous summer course taught by Gary Chapman on internet policy. Some of this work inspired a blog post, which I wanted to share with y’all.

When we send an e-mail or surf the web, we generally do not think about the energy it takes to complete our virtual actions – outside of how long our battery will be able to last if we are not tethered in.

Our activities “online” take require energy… where does the internet’s power come from? Chris Mergerson discusses in his recent blog post. Thanks for the thoughts, Chris!

Where the Internet's Power Comes From Do you know where the Internet’s power comes from? You should. Here are some things to chew on: According to a 2006 estimate by researchers from MIT and Carnegie Mellon, data centers in the US used 61 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2006 – enough to power 5.8 million American homes – at a cost to the high-tech industry of $4.5 billion. In 2006, this energy consumption was roughly equivalent to the energy produced by 15 baseload power pla … Read More

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