The cloud must descend back to earth. The heated debate over data centers in Ireland has been pushed back Amazon Microsoft, which plans to invest €2 billion to build new ones in Ireland, is also looking for a new base. According to a British newspaper The Times, The former will target London, while the latter will seek to establish a foothold in Frankfurt and Madrid.
In the summer of 2021, a report by the Irish Water and Energy Commission (CRU) warned that data center electricity consumption would rise from 11% to 27% of national consumption by 2028. Now it is 14%. National statistics show that the electricity consumption is much higher than that of the world’s second largest data center, Singapore (7%), and the electricity consumption of all rural households in Ireland (12%). According to CRU, the power demand of data centers is possible “Consumers will face power outages if the available availability is exceeded during peak consumption and result in load shedding”.
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