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Monitoring energy emissions data in real-time

Software giant Microsoft is testing a demonstration service, available to any organisation that uses the company’s Azure cloud resources, to address one of the thorniest challenges companies face when trying to wrap their heads around the emissions generated by the operating footprint — getting a real-time view into the carbon dioxide, sulphur and other atmospheric-polluting gases produced by the power plants they actually use. Microsoft’s new Smart Energy Azure Demonstration platform promises to update data about the emissions-impact of power loads every five minutes and builds on technology originally created by WattTime, which recently became part of a non-profit subsidiary of the Rocky Mountain Institute.