reports that according to a new study, United States data centers are consuming twice as much energy as they were five years ago. The study, which was authored by Jonathan Koomey, staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories and consulting professor at Stanford University, concluded that the data-center industry needs to ramp up efforts to increase energy-efficient computing. The study found that in 2005, U.S. data center electricity consumption resulted in total utility bills of $2.7 billion annually, with the consumption worldwide valued at $7.2 annually. Some have called the study a "wake-up call" for the IT industry, global...

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