Sea Change: Microsoft Plans to Submerge Data Centers

Sea Change: Microsoft Plans to Submerge Data Centers

Microsoft engineer Sean James – who honed his skills working on-board a U.S. Navy submarine before joining the tech giant – came up with a “watershed idea” several years ago: He said that submerging the company’s data centers could solve several problems by introducing a new power source, greatly reducing cooling costs, and closing the distance to connected populations.

18 Companies Ask VA for Regulatory Clarification

18 Companies Ask VA for Regulatory Clarification

Microsoft, Walmart, Best Buy, IKEA, Staples and 13 other companies have asked the Virginia State Corporation Commission to create “an explicit legal framework” for expanding access to renewable energy from utilities and third party suppliers, according to Virginia.com. The request came in a letter that … Read more…

New Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance Intends to Aggregate Corporate Procurement

The Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA) – a coalition of multinational companies that propose to aggregate their alternative energy buying needs to achieve competitive, predictable power prices for the long-term – announced its formal launch in a media conference call on May 12.

Facebook, Microsoft Push Renewables

Facebook, Microsoft Push Renewables

Microsoft and Facebook are partnering with The Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, according to a Bloomberg story. The goal is to drive development of 60 GW of renewable energy by 2025. That, the story says, is enough to replace the coal-fired plants the U.S. plans to … Read more…

Consultant Splash Cold Water on Microsoft’s Project Natick

Consultant Splash Cold Water on Microsoft’s Project Natick

One of the more interesting recent news items was the announcement earlier this month by Microsoft of Project Natick, which is an experiment that focuses on underwater datacenters. Mark Monroe, the President of Energetic Consulting, raised some issues with the feasibility of the concept at … Read more…

PEBs Cost More But Save Over Time

PEBs Cost More But Save Over Time

Positive Energy Buildings (PEBs) – buildings that generate more energy than they use — is the pinnacle of green building design, according to Andrew Solberg, Coy Miller, and Keith Kibbee, authors of an article at Consulting-Specifying Engineer. The idea is to create buildings designing these buildings … Read more…

How Microsoft Secured 285 MW of Wind Energy in 2 Years

How Microsoft Secured 285 MW of Wind Energy in 2 Years

In just two years, Microsoft was able to contract for 285 MW of renewable power from two off-site wind energy projects, according to a post on the Rocky Mountain Institute blog RMI Outlet. While off-site renewable energy transactions often require one to two years to complete, … Read more…

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