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

5 reasons to think twice before closing branches

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr While many financial institution branches may not be profitable on paper, bank and credit union leaders should think carefully before closing the doors. Even in the digital age, branches remain a critical channel for many consumers. Closing too many branches too quickly in some areas could lead to bad public relations, brand damage, angry consumers and business customers, and other nasty surprises.The pace of bank branch closures continues to increase. Banks closed nearly 2,000 brick and mortar locations in 2018, and more than 11,000 since 2012, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence.Many financial institutions are cutting locations to reduce costs as consumers shift towards digital channels. Meanwhile, consolidations and acquisitions are also persuading managers to close redundant locations in some markets.last_img read more

Eight charged for attempting to export dead wildlife

first_img Tweet Share In photo: Crayfish-Astacus leptodactylus. Photo credit: en.wikipedia.orgEight men are expected to reappear at the Roseau Magistrate’s Court on February 24th, 2012, after being jointly charged for attempting to export dead wildlife.The men were arrested on Monday evening after a search was conducted on MV Elite; anchored at the Woodbridge Bay in Fondcole which was destined for Guadeloupe, where ten (10) pounds of frozen crayfish was discovered.The vessel in question is well-known for carrying hucksters from Dominica to Guadeloupe and other French islands.Anthony Ryan of River Street, Cuthbert Dupuis of Bath Estate, Kenny Clarke of Fond Cole, Eddie Williams of St Joseph, Gibbons Timothy of Mahaut, Richard Lazare of Trafalgar, Alex Leslie of Mahaut and Manus Lewis of Mahaut all pleaded not guilty to the charge, before Magistrate Candia George on Tuesday.Two other charges; possession of cannabis and possession with intent to supply 265 grams of cannabis were withdrawn against seven of the defendants after one of the accused; 53-year old Alex Leslie of Mahaut pleaded guilty to both charges.Leslie was fined $2,000 to be paid by October 31st, 2011 or he risks serving four months at the Dominica State Prison.The Forestry and Wildlife Act Chapter 60:02, Act 12 of 1976 “a person who violates the provision of this Act is liable to a fine of four hundred dollars and to imprisonment for three months.”The eight defendants were released on $1000 bail each on their own recognizance.The men may be liable to pay up to five thousand dollars and to three years imprisonment if found guilty.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring!center_img 101 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Eight charged for attempting to export dead wildlife by: – August 23, 2011last_img read more