Power demand surges at UK datacentres

Servers are having a major impact on UK electricity consumption, research undertaken for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has found.

Servers are having a major impact on UK electricity consumption, research undertaken for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has found.

The research, conducted by the Market Transformation Programme (MTP), found that servers were responsible for more than 4% of the UK’s total commercial electricity consumption in 2005. MTP projected server energy consumption to increase by more than 180% between 2006 and 2010.

MTP product manager Robin Murray said, “We want to encourage the use of more energy-efficient servers in the UK to reduce carbon emissions.”

MPT’s finding are expected to figure  in the UK government’s energy white paper, due out in the spring.

“Server power consumption is an area of concern because overall energy consumption is similarly expected to increase rapidly over the next 10 to 15 years,” Murray said.

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