Initial comments on 'The Internet Begins with Coal'

TitleInitial comments on 'The Internet Begins with Coal'
Publication TypeJournal Article
LBNL Report NumberLBNL-44698
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsKoomey, Jonathan G., Kaoru Kawamoto, Bruce Nordman, Mary Ann Piette, and Richard E. Brown
Date Published12/1999
PublisherLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
ISBN NumberLBNL-44698
KeywordsEnduse, Energy End-Use Forecasting, EUF

This memo explores the assumptions in Mark P. Mills' report titled The Internet Begins with Coal that relate to current electricity use "associated with the Internet". We find that Mills has significantly overestimated electricity use, in some cases by more than an order of magnitude. We adjust his estimates to reflect measured data and more accurate assumptions, which reduces Mills' overall estimate of total Internet-related electricity use by about a factor of eight.

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