Some of the world’s biggest data companies—Google, Microsoft and Facebook—have joined a new coalition that is pushing for easier access to renewable energy. Through that push, they are trying to change the nation’s energy landscape— even in states that haven’t fully embraced that change.
Every time you check Facebook, send an email, or pay a bill online, that digital information is processed and stored in one of the nearly three million data centers across the country. Leigh Paterson reports that these facilities use and waste massive amounts of electricity.
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