Jan 23, 2015

Will falling oil prices slow adoption of green data centers?

With the increased use of cloud computing, there has been an increased demand for large data centers, and companies like Google and (to a lesser extent) Amazon have embraced green IT when they build new data centers. With the decrease in energy costs due to dramatic decreases in oil prices, will the emphasis on environmentally friendly data centers decrease?
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01/23/2015
More electric energy comes from coal-fired generation in the US, where oil-fired plants are mainly used to handle peak load demands.
http://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.cfm?id=427&t=3
So I would think this would be a no. I think the greener the data center, the more attractive it can be for keeping power prices somewhat stable because it uses less energy overall.
04/19/2015
i think that these low oil prices are not permanent.When it comes to the world market there are nations living from exporting oil and guess who exports them?! giant oil companies will they allow it for a long time ?! of course no. Plus any damage to all these countries will lead to a severe economic crises event the importing countries will not survive.
it is very early to answer the question
Best answer
01/23/2015
More electric energy comes from coal-fired generation in the US, where oil-fired plants are mainly used to handle peak load demands.
http://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.cfm?id=427&t=3
So I would think this would be a no. I think the greener the data center, the more attractive it can be for keeping power prices somewhat stable because it uses less energy overall.
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