As the Number of Data Centers Continue to Expand, There Are Several Drivers to Their Location: Low-Cost and Stable Supplies of Electricity is One of Them
As mentioned in Part 1, the number of U.S. data centers is growing to accommodate expanding connectivity needs coming from entertainment (streaming services), telecom (smartphones and tablets), security (doorbell cameras), SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition – remote management of industrial processes as well as data-gathering from related devices), and many other needs for data storage and dissemination.
Despite the huge efficiency gains and modest growth in energy demands in the last decade and a half, forecasters are anticipating huge processing requirements from the adoption of AI (artificial intelligence), thereby spiking electricity requirements.
Key states where data centers are located are in California, Washington State, Texas, and Illinois. But the sizeable growth is in Northern Virginia
U.S. Crude Oil Import Dependence
and Potential Vulnerability