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Microsoft wants to use LDES for data center backup — but not quite yet

The company’s energy strategy head said the tech has real data center promise, but the risks are still too high for Microsoft to pioneer it.

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Under the hood of data center power demand

Microsoft’s former VP of energy breaks down ways to deal with AI-driven load growth.

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Mapping the data center power demand problem, in three charts

Load growth from data centers is increasing dramatically — the only question is by how much.

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Is Google’s data center location strategy at odds with its emissions goals?

Many tech companies incorporate place-based emissions data into project siting decisions — but research suggests that Google may be an exception.

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Enchanted Rock is selling utilities on flexible data center connection

And for tech companies desperate to get their AI capabilities online fast, onsite gas microgrids may be preferable to new utility builds.

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Google’s accelerated urgency for clean, firm power

Inside the company's partnership with Microsoft and Nucor to commercialize new technologies

What makes a data center solar project financeable?

Lenders look for a utility “backstop” for renewables projects aimed at data centers, said Sunrocket Capital COO.

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The data center of the future looks like a massive virtual power plant

Alphabet spinout Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners plans to woo utilities with “data center microgrids.”

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Microsoft says Georgia may be overestimating data center load growth

In a filing to the state’s Public Service Commission, the tech giant points out issues, gaps in Georgia Power’s integrated resource plan.

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For 24/7 clean energy, Big Tech has two camps

Companies are lining up behind two strategies for buying clean energy. But will either — or both — have the intended impact?

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The US power demand surge: The electricity gauntlet has arrived

Utilities were already being squeezed by rising demand and stagnant supply. Then AI began supercharging load growth.

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What does it take to make hourly matching work for a single data center?

Inside Gridmatic’s effort to “scale down” time matched energy for smaller operators.

Schneider tags linear generator maker to firm up microgrid offerings

Stanford offshoot Mainspring Energy’s generator is fuel-agnostic, and the duo are targeting data center customers.

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In lieu of water cooling, Google locks down renewables for Mesa data center

The tech giant is the full offtaker for two NextEra facilities that will power the data center’s local grid, to the tune of over 430 MW.

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Where does the AI boom leave data center cooling strategies?

Google is relying mostly on water cooling to keep the energy toll of its data centers down — but that water is increasingly scarce.