There's been a lot of interest lately in ways for data centers to reduce their energy consumption and environmental footprint
and by extension save money. Energy considerations are particularly important for companies like Microsoft and Google, which are both building massive data centers
all around the country. A breakdown of state-by-state energy costs
gives some insight into how these companies are selecting their locations. North Carolina, where Google is breaking ground on a new location
, has seen a year-over-year decrease in the price of commercial energy, putting it in the top third of all states (Google also was given tax incentives by the state to locate there). Oklahoma has seen a rather precipitous drop in energy costs as well, so it's not surprising that Google is also building a site there
. Energy prices also influenced Microsoft's decision to build in Washington state
, which comes in at #10 on the list. Historically, states have tried to attract technology investments by offering tax incentives and promoting the education level of their citizens. In the future, they may also wish to tout the level of competition in their energy markets.