On the Blogs: Tech Giants Keep Raising Bar on Renewables to Power the Cloud

first_imgOn the Blogs: Tech Giants Keep Raising Bar on Renewables to Power the Cloud FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享BY ALAN BOYLE for GeekWire: Microsoft is kicking up its targets for environmentally sustainable cloud computing by pledging that half of the electricity to power its data centers will come from renewable sources by 2018.The bar will be raised to 60 percent for the early 2020s. “And then we’ll just keep on getting better from there,” Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, told energy executives today at a gathering of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, or REBA.Smith’s announcement provided a timely kickoff for this week’s REBA Summit on the Microsoft campus in Redmond. More than 300 representatives of companies that produce, sell and buy electrical power are meeting to trade information, recap successes and failures, and make deals.The stakes are high, especially due to the rapid rise of cloud computing. Analysts say the data centers that provide the infrastructure for the cloud could consume almost 50 gigawatts of power this year. By 2030, communication technology could account for as much as 51 percent of global electricity usage and – be responsible for as much as 23 percent of the world’s greenhouse-gas emissions.Two of the Seattle area’s top tech firms, Microsoft and Amazon, are also two of the world’s top companies in cloud computing. Facebook and Google are close behind.“Our data centers, for each company, consume as much electrical power as a small state,” Smith said at the summit. “And there is going to come a time in the future, some decades ahead, when each of these companies will consume as much electrical power as a medium-sized nation.”REBA’s goal is to help companies get that power from renewable sources such as solar, wind and hydroelectric rather than from fossil fuels. The alliance is led byBusiness for Social Responsibility (a.k.a. BSR), the Rocky Mountain Institute, theWorld Resources Institute and the World Wildlife Fund. More than 60 companies, including Amazon and Microsoft, take part in REBA’s initiatives.Full article: http://www.geekwire.com/2016/microsoft-renewable-energy-cloud-reba-summit/last_img read more

Trump Team Removes Florida From Oil/Gas Leasing Plan

first_imgTrump Team Removes Florida From Oil/Gas Leasing Plan FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:The Trump administration is ruling out plans to sell new drilling rights off the coast of Florida, including eastern Gulf of Mexico waters coveted by oil companies, amid pressure from Republican Governor Rick Scott.The about-face came just five days after the Interior Department said it was considering selling oil and gas leases in more than 90 percent of U.S. coastal waters, including on all sides of Florida—the straits in the south, the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. The eastern Gulf of Mexico was believed to be the most tempting new prospect for oil companies in the expansive Trump administration draft, because it is close to existing pipelines and processing facilities — not to mention the refineries in Texas and Louisiana.There’s also little mystery about whether those eastern Gulf waters contain oil and gas. Energy companies already discovered a jackpot of natural gas roughly 30 years ago—at least 700 billion cubic feet and as much as 3 trillion cubic feet—in the Destin Dome, located about 25 miles south of Pensacola, Florida. And the same geological trends that have yielded major oil discoveries in other parts of the Gulf could be replicated in its easternmost reaches.But opposition from Florida politicians concerned about oil spills fouling beaches as well as crippling the state’s tourism economy helped put that area off limits long ago, and a federal law now blocks new leasing through 2022.More: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-10/trump-yanks-florida-from-offshore-drilling-plan-after-objectionslast_img read more

Busy transfer window in prospect at Everton

first_imgEverton boss Roberto Martinez is hopeful of adding to his squad before the end of the January transfer window. The Toffees have already signed youngsters Shani Tarashaj and Matthew Foulds for the long term but Martinez is now looking for recruits to make an impact during the second half of the season. Dynamo Kiev striker Andriy Yarmolenko is a player Everton have been consistently linked with over several windows. Everton return to Premier League action on Wednesday with a trip to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City. Martinez is looking for a repeat of the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final last week, when they produced one of their best displays of the season to win 2-1. That avenged a 2-0 home defeat in the league in August, with the second leg of the cup clash to come in a fortnight. Martinez said: “The previous time we faced Manchester City in August at Goodison, it was a very similar game. Both teams had chances but ultimately I don’t think we showed enough belief that we could win the game. “It was completely different in the League Cup semi-final. There was a complete focus on what we wanted to do and the belief that we were going to do that. “The mentality has grown. That psychological aspect that we showed is exactly what we need. “Any time you face the same team, it has an effect. We’re looking to go to the Etihad and face the team with the best home record in the league. “We feel very confident away from home, we’ve got a really good record. I can see a really tight game and the familiarity between the two sides can only help to make it a more interesting encounter if anything.” Romelu Lukaku will lead the line after recovering from an ankle problem and Ramiro Funes Mori is fit despite needing 10 stitches in a head wound sustained against Dagenham. Tom Cleverley is a doubt because of an ankle problem while Seamus Coleman’s calf injury will keep him out for another two weeks or so. Martinez confirmed, meanwhile, that Tim Howard will return in goal despite a shaky season and Joel Robles’ good form in the cups. The Spaniard said: “Joel Robles has been terrific but Tim brings a unique experience and know-how. “Of course you get good moments and bad moments like any player but we appreciate what Tim Howard brings on top of being in between the sticks.” Martinez claimed he did not know the Ukrainian’s agent was at Goodison Park for the FA Cup win over Dagenham on Saturday but confirmed he has irons in the fire. The Everton manager said: “We’ve been working really, really hard to get some business (done) really early. Shani Tarashaj was our target number one in terms of doing it quickly. “We’ve got a couple of situations that could happen. The shape of the squad is going to be determined in the last week of the window and we want the squad to be stronger than it is now.” Martinez is also hoping to offload a couple of players on the fringes of the squad. Winger Aiden McGeady was left out against Dagenham because three clubs, two domestic and one from abroad, have shown an interest in taking him on loan. Midfielder Darron Gibson could leave on similar terms while forward Steven Naismith has been the subject of enquiries from Norwich and another Premier League club. Martinez said: “We’re going to work together with Aiden and his representative and we’re going to make the right call. There’s been three enquiries and it’s going to be over the next couple of weeks that we’re going to make the final decision. “It would be a loan until the end of the season and (he and Gibson) would be returning and competing strongly in pre-season in view of the next campaign.” Press Associationlast_img read more