View Full Version : Microsoft wastes energy to avoid fine

09-24-2012, 09:07 AM
Microsoft deliberately wasted energy at data center to avoid fine, says NY Times (http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/24/microsoft-deliberately-wasted-energy-to-avoid-fine/)
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Microsoft's desire to avoid a fine combined with a power company's strict electricity usage rules resulted in the software giant deliberately wasting millions of watts of power, according to the New York Times. Redmond's Quincy data center, which houses Bing, Hotmail and other cloud-based servers, had an agreement in place with a Washington state utility containing clauses which imposed penalties for under-consumption of electricity. A $210,000 fine was levied last year, since the facility was well below its power-use target, which prompted Microsoft to deliberately burn $70,000 worth of electricity in three days "in a commercially unproductive manner" to avoid it, according to its own documents. The utility board capitulated and reduced the amend to $60k, but the messy situation seems a far cry from Redmond's pledge to become carbon neutral by this summer.</div></div>

This just seems absolutely crazy to me. I haven't heard of this type of agreement before but then again I have never had a reason to look into it. Just wondering how often energy companies set up this type of agreement. As far as MS is concerned, while I understand the decision financially but then again it completely flies in the face of their effort to go green. Crazy.


09-24-2012, 03:45 PM
I think i see the problem. The problem iz all inside one word. That word iz COMPANY.
If something iz run by the state then it kan be run intelligently. But intelligence iz no guarantee when running a company. Companys hav different prioritys.