For quite some time now various government agencies have believed that computer data centers and server farms were using tons of power around the country. This week however the EPA released their study on the subject and it was shown that data centers are actually using much less power than previously expected.
Data centers have become a necessary piece of equipment for nearly all companies since everything has gone digital and at the same time the power consumed by them has also sky rocketed. For quite some time the EPA assumed that data centers were a major waste of power in many cases but it turns out overall that was incorrect.
What this means for everyone else is that much less power is being wasted by data centers and as such much less pollution is being caused by the data centers themselves. Power plants are obviously still polluting but the data centers of companies are not a root cause of the problem.
Overall the EPA is happy to release this report because it shows that private sectors of the market are in fact doing what they can to reduce or limit power waste. Obviously cost is the biggest reason many companies and data centers are reducing waste but the environmental factors following closely in the wake of reduced costs which should eventually lead to a positive outcome when it comes to environmental impacts. No word on what other industries the EPA is planning to study like this.