2011 – Growth In Data Center Electricity Use 2005 To 2010

Executive Summary

This study assesses growth in data center electricity use from 2005 to 2010 for the US and the world. It uses data and methods similar to earlier analyses to create a consistent time series of data center electricity use. In summary, the rapid rates of growth in data center electricity use that prevailed from 2000 to 2005 slowed significantly from 2005 to 2010, yielding total electricity use by data centers in 2010 of about 1.3% of all electricity use for the world, and 2% of all electricity use for the US.