DataCenterKnowledge writes a post on ask.com's public statement on Quincy's Power Advantage.
Greg Fennewald, senior director of data center strategy for Ask.com, discussed the economics of power at last week's meeting of the Grant County Economic Development Council. Fennewald spoke about why his company decided to locate in Moses Lake, Washington, where it opened a new data center in December. The savings on electricity, he said, are "quite significant."
"When our place is full, it's going to need about 4,000 kilowatts pretty much flat 24-7," said Fennewald. "That's going to cost about $70,000 a month. To have the same amount of demand in a higher energy cost place like Manhattan or San Francisco, over $300,000. That's a lot of money, and that's per month, so take that times 12, big bucks. There's some good reasons why you see folks going to Quincy, Wenatchee and other places within a 150-mile radius of here. There's a lot of things this area has to offer."
Which reminded me of a dinner conversation I had months ago with the Peter Horan, the CEO of Interactive Active's Media and Advertising division which includes ask.com. We spent a good 10 minutes talking about power and how it was critical factor in data centers. Peter has always been a technical executive and it was refreshing to hear he gets the issues of building a Green Data Center.