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From Google to Facebook, Big Data Is Driving Green Energy Shift

Tech companies have rapidly growing electricity needs, and that’s spurring them to do long-term deals with utilities

Hundreds of fans keep the servers cool at Google’s Mayes County data center in Oklahoma
Hundreds of fans keep the servers cool at Google’s Mayes County data center in OklahomaSource: Google
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Dozens of wind turbines each standing 260 feet tall spin in the breeze on the plains of Oklahoma, feeding electricity for a Google data center about 180 miles away.

Worldwide, data centers like the Mayes County site outside Tulsa handle almost 32 quintillion bytes of information each day, according to Cisco Global Cloud Index. That’s the equivalent of streaming 32 billion hours of Netflix, and it makes big tech companies some of the fastest growing energy consumers.