Facebook switches to coal to keep up with rising prices
What happens when a company is growing but cannot keep up with the power bills? It decides to go green! But I don’t think that’s what happened with Facebook. Their new Oregon data center will now be powered by a coal plant in Idaho to reduce costs. According to a report from the Energy Information Administration, the last 5 years the data center’s power consumption has grown to 1.4 percent of the total energy use in the country! But in a bid to reduce their overall carbon foot print, the Pineville-based data center would be equipped with an outside-air intake system to cool the massive data servers, thus creating a health mix of renewable energy based power-grid!