Warren Buffett and the NSA
When the National Security Agency’s massive new data center opens in Utah later this year, the one-million square-foot facility will house servers, technical support and some of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, tasked with sorting, decoding and analyzing billions of bits of data secretly collected from telephone records and emails, among other sources.
All that equipment, running 24 hours a day, 365 days a year will consume up to 65,000 kilowatts of electricity at any moment in time, the same amount of power used by about 33,000 single-family homes. The center, located about 25 minutes south of Salt Lake City in Bluffdale, will run an annual power bill of about $40 million, according to the Army Corp of Engineers.
And when the N.S.A. makes out its check each month, the payment will go to Rocky Mountain Power, a division of MidAmerican Energy Holdings, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, owned by billionaire investor Warren Buffett.
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