“How Green Is The Internet?” was the title for a Google-sponsored Summit early this summer. Al Gore was the keynote, which, along with the title should tell you something.
No longer at issue is where the world’s energy comes from to drive and fly to conferences, or to light up homes and shopping malls. Now on the table is the energy needed to light up silicon and antennas. The Internet itself and especially its proliferating warehouse-scale central computers are so enormous that the associated energy use is as meaningful as that for other infrastructure sectors.