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8 | THE DATA CENTER JOURNAL Data centers account for an estimated 3% of all power consumption in the U.S. That's equivalent to the power used by over nine million average American homes for a year. And this figure is growing constantly. A 2016 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report estimates a 4% increase in energy use from 2014 to 2020—the same rate as the past five years. The authors said, "U.S. data centers are projected to consume approximately 73 billion kWh in 2020." DCIM BY MARK GAYDOS Can Increase Data Center Energy Efficiency

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