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Due to all the pollutants generated by it and the steady increases in its rates, energy consumption is causing serious environmental and economic problems. In this paper, the growing use and adoption of ICTs is being highlighted not only as one of the principal problem sources but also as one of the principal areas that could help in the problem's reduction. Cloud computing is an emerging model for distributed utility computing and is being considered as an attractive opportunity for saving energy through central management of computational resources. For this to be successful, the design of energy-efficient mechanisms must start to play a major role.
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