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UK Holds Talks on How to Avoid Blackouts at Major Data Centers

  • Storage sites would use diesel as backup if grid went down
  • Server farms consume more than 2% of the nation’s electricity
An electricity pylon in Hampshire, U.K.

An electricity pylon in Hampshire, U.K.

Photographer: Rupert Hartley/Bloomberg

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UK government officials held detailed discussions with some of the biggest data center operators about ways to keep those businesses running through any potential power shortages in coming months, according to people familiar with the matter.