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Amazon: tech giant has lodged applications for nine EPA licences at a number of data centres it owns around the country. Picture: Getty

Amazon, Microsoft seek licences to power data centres with fossil fuels amid energy supply warnings

Amazon, Google, Microsoft and other major data centre operators have applied for special licences to run on-site power generators amid warnings they could be forced to reduce their demand on the power grid.

The Big Tech firms applied to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for permission to operate diesel generators in case they are cut off from the power grid ...