A hydroelectric-powered Yahoo! data center under construction in Lockport has caught the attention of Greenpeace in a new report issued today.
Greenpeace warns that the growth of Internet computing could increase greenhouse gas emissions as energy-hogging facilities such as data centers are constructed to meet increasing demand around the world.
The report lauds Yahoo! for making a "better" decision than other technology companies by "dramatically decreasing its carbon footprint" when it chose a location with the ability to draw on hydroelectric power.
Low-cost electricity was a key factor in the company's decision to locate its data center in Lockport. The New York Power Authority granted the company 15 megawatts of hydropower.
Work has already started on the $150 million project in Lockport. The facility is scheduled to open in early summer.