Data centres are power-hungry, and Facebook’s Oregon centre in Crook County is no exception, using 28MW. While that’s fairly standard, it has doubled the power use of the county.
The entirety of Crook County uses just under 30MW. Add to that the fact that this is only Facebook’s first phase of data centres in this part of the US, and the everyday power needs of the locals will pale into insignificance in the future. Fortunately, the local power grid is being expanded to add capacity, and in fact the centre has brought tens of millions of dollars into the local economy. I’m sure the locals Like that. [Data centre Knowledge via SlashDot]
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