"The  survey showed a massive increase [in data center power requirements] over the last twelve months of 63.3% globally to 38 gigawatts (GW) with a further 17% forecast for 2013." DatacenterDynamics 2012 survey Imagine what might happen when real growth returns.
“As the use of the Internet continues to grow and massive computing facilities are demanding that performance keep doubling, devoting corresponding increases in the nation’s electrical energy capacity to computing may become too expensive.” [National Academy of Sciences] A central tenet of nearly all Internet energy forecasts is that there will continue to be improvements…
“Welcome to EARTH — a highly ambitious [European Union] … project, investigating the energy efficiency of mobile communication systems." … Mobile telecommunication networks are increasingly contributing to global energy consumption. So, does efficiency, less energy per unit of traffic, cut demand?
The American, Saturday, August 25, 2012 Today’s techno-pessimists say technology and America have plateaued. Such naysayers flourish during economic recessions. They have been wrong in every one of the 19 economic downturns we have experienced since 1912. They’re wrong again.
"…while its financial benefits have been widely discussed, the shift in energy usage in a cloud computing model has received little attention."
Politico, 7/25/12 Imagine a future in which the United States abandons its tepid policy of inching toward energy “independence” and instead joins forces with Canada and Mexico to become the world’s largest energy exporter.