In Ireland, criticism of data centers prompts Amazon and Microsoft to revise their plans

In Ireland, criticism of data centers prompts Amazon and Microsoft to revise their plans

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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