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AI is wild card in data center energy demand, say electricity researchers

June 4, 2024


Data centers could consume upwards of 9% of US electricity generation by 2030, more than double the amount currently used, although the role AI contributing to the demand, a new study has found.

In its white paper, “Powering Intelligence: Analyzing Artificial Intelligence and Data Center Energy Consumption,” the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) noted that one key uncertainty that could change the trajectory of data center load growth is the use of generative AI models.

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