Wall Street Journal: Europe Taps Tech’s Power-Hungry Data Centers to Heat Homes

Wall Street Journal: Europe Taps Tech’s Power-Hungry Data Centers to Heat Homes. “Electricity-hungry data centers are seeing huge growth in usage, leading to pressure from European officials to funnel the excess heat generated by their computer chips into municipal heating networks. After years of discussions about putting residual heat to work rather than simply venting it outdoors, more such projects are becoming a reality.”

The Register: Paperwork decision scraps Google’s $600m Minnesota datacenter project

The Register: Paperwork decision scraps Google’s $600m Minnesota datacenter project . “The facility, first announced in 2019, was effectively ended after Google partner Honeycrisp Power failed to file the necessary paperwork for Xcel Energy to provide the power for the project, the Star Tribute reported this week. In response, the Minnesota-based utility terminated its electric service agreements with Google earlier this month.”

CNET: Internet Outages Could Spread as Temperatures Rise. Here’s What Big Tech Is Doing

CNET: Internet Outages Could Spread as Temperatures Rise. Here’s What Big Tech Is Doing. “Early in September, when temperatures spiked to 116 degrees Fahrenheit and broke a 100-year record in Sacramento, California, the government told people to stay indoors as much as possible and to stay cool. That’s when people turning to Twitter to vent their grievances, but it turns out that their social media access could have melted down along with everything else. The extreme heat led to a shutdown of Twitter’s entire data center region, CNN reported.”

TechCrunch: Google will open its first data center in Japan in 2023

TechCrunch: Google will open its first data center in Japan in 2023. “Google said today that it will open its first data center in Japan by 2023. The company noted that this data center will be located in Inzai City, Chiba and is a part of its $730 million infrastructure fund that will continue through 2024. This is the company’s third data center in Asia after Taiwan and Singapore.”

Reuters: Google to invest $9.5 billion in U.S. offices, data centers this year

Reuters: Google to invest $9.5 billion in U.S. offices, data centers this year. “Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Wednesday it plans to invest about $9.5 billion across its U.S. offices and data centers this year, up from $7 billion last year. Google said the investment will create at least 12,000 full-time jobs in 2022 and focus on data centers in several states including Nevada, Nebraska and Virginia.”

Reuters: Facebook owner Meta puts plans to build Dutch data centre on ice

Reuters: Facebook owner Meta puts plans to build Dutch data centre on ice. “Facebook owner Meta (FB.O) said on Tuesday it was suspending plans to build a giant data centre in the Netherlands, following political opposition. The move comes a week after the Dutch Senate passed a motion asking Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s government to ‘use its powers’ to temporarily block construction of the site in the northern town of Zeewolde, 50 km east of Amsterdam.”

PRNewswire: Meta to Open Hyperscale Data Center in Temple, Texas (PRESS RELEASE)

PRNewswire: Meta to Open Hyperscale Data Center in Temple, Texas (PRESS RELEASE). “Meta, formerly the Facebook company, announced today that it will invest $800 million in the creation of a Hyperscale Data Center in Temple, Texas. The new facility, which will total approximately 900,000 square feet when completed, will be located on 393 acres off NW H K Dodgen Loop and Industrial Blvd., and will support approximately 100 operational jobs in the community. The project is expected to employ 1,250 construction workers onsite during peak construction, which will begin in Spring 2022.”

Data Center Dynamics: Meta data center in Zeewolde facing opposition by Dutch Housing Minister

Data Center Dynamics: Meta data center in Zeewolde facing opposition by Dutch Housing Minister. “This is the latest development in the obstacle-ridden path faced by Meta (formerly known as Facebook) in its plans to develop in the Netherlands. Despite the Zeewolde council approving the zoning change and plans for the data center, it is currently prevented from being built as part of the land intended for the Meta data center belongs to the government, which announced new and stricter rules for hyperscale developments.”

Ars Technica: Facebook’s data center plans rile residents in the Netherlands

Ars Technica: Facebook’s data center plans rile residents in the Netherlands. “When Susan Schaap, 61, travels from her Dutch hometown of Zeewolde to the nearest city of Leylystad, the 30-minute drive takes her through vast tulip fields, interrupted only by wind turbines and sometimes sheep. But if Facebook parent company Meta’s plans are approved, her view would be replaced by the Netherlands’ largest-ever data center.”

EuroNews Green: Could a new Facebook data centre throw the Netherland’s off its climate path?

EuroNews Green: Could a new Facebook data centre throw the Netherland’s off its climate path?. “A new Facebook data centre in a small Dutch town may soon be using two times more energy annually than the whole town put together. The social media giant, now known as Meta, has provoked criticism from environmental groups in the country amid fears the data centre could make the Netherlands miss its climate goals. The plans for the 166 hectare site were voted through in December by the municipality’s council, which could pave the way for Meta to build the centre in Zeewolde, near Amsterdam.”

ZDNet: Google’s new cloud computing tool helps you pick the greenest data centers

ZDNet: Google’s new cloud computing tool helps you pick the greenest data centers. “In another bid to make cloud computing eco-friendlier, Google has created a new tool to push customers who are picking their next cloud region towards choosing infrastructure that is more sustainable. When users browse through their options to manage cloud resources, Google will flag regions that have the lowest carbon impact highlighted with a leaf symbol and a ‘Lowest CO2’ label.”