The information economy is a blue-whale economy with its energy uses mostly out of sight. Based on a mid-range estimate, the world’s Information-Communications-Technologies (ICT) ecosystem uses about 1,500 TWh of electricity annually, equal to all the electric generation of Japan and Germany combined — as much electricity as was used for global illumination in 1985. The ICT ecosystem now approaches 10% of world electricity generation. Or in other energy terms – the zettabyte era already uses about 50% more energy than global aviation.
We have recently completed a comprehensive review and analysis of the technical literature relating to the current and future state of electric demand associated with the global information-communications-technology (ICT) ecosystem. Herein a brief overview and summary from our new report.
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"…while its financial benefits have been widely discussed, the shift in energy usage in a cloud computing model has received little attention."