Data Centers Aim for Energy Efficiency

MINNEAPOLIS — Renewable energy used to help power data centers is increasingly gaining interest, according to a new survey from Minneapolis-based Mortenson Construction.

Mortenson surveyed corporate data center executives, data center developers and operators, and IT providers at the 2014 Data Center World Conference, which took place last September in Orlando. A majority — 84 percent — of respondents believe there is a need to consider renewable forms of energy, such as wind and solar, to manage energy needs, specifically power and cooling costs.

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Wind Power Investments Increase, Report Finds

AUSTIN, Texas — Global venture capital funding for wind energy added up to $369 million in 14 deals in 2011, a nearly $100 million increase from the previous year, according to a report released Jan. 11 by clean energy consulting firm Mercom Capital Group.

That total marked an increase from $277 million in 11 deals made in 2010 and $189 million in 20 deals in 2009, the report said.

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Philadelphia Eagles Look for Savings With Green Stadium

PHILADELPHIA — Renewable energy firm Solar Blue has contracted with the Philadelphia Eagles football team to transform their 70,000-seat stadium into one that generates its own electricity from renewable energy sources, the team announced late last week.
Solar Blue, which is based in Orlando, Fla., will fit the Lincoln Financial Field with 2,500 solar panels, 80 20-foot wind turbines and an alternative-fuels power plant that is estimated will save the team $60 million in electricity costs over 20 years.
The 20-year contra

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