Power demand from UK datacentres set to surge six-fold over the next decade

National Grid CEO's warning comes as OpenAI chief Sam Altman says nuclear fusion is the answer

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Power demand from UK datacentres set to surge six-fold over the next decade
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Power demand from UK datacentres set to surge six-fold over the next decade

John Pettigrew, the chief executive of UK's National Grid, has forewarned that power demand from British datacentres is poised to skyrocket by an astonishing six-fold over the next decade due to exponential growth in AI usage and advancement in quantum computing.

Pettigrew delivered the ominous forecast at a conference in Oxford on Tuesday. "Future growth in foundational technologies like artificial intelligence and quantum computing will mean larger sca...

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