Power Sapped? Think Again

By John Taschek  |  Posted 2002-08-26

A recent Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory study on electrical consumption as it relates to corporate technology generated some interesting results and piqued eWeek Labs interest enough to revisit the LCD energy consumption issue. Berkeley Labs Environmental Energy Technologies Division proved that networking and computer gear consumed only 3 percent of the nations power.

This contrasted with the much higher, more publicized estimates that led to stories in the media that blamed computer networks for events such as last years California energy crisis. The Lawrence Berkeley organization, the United States oldest national laboratory, has also conducted studies on the impact of data centers on power consumption—and has concluded that data centers consume less power than many experts had previously thought.

More information is available at www.lbl.gov.

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