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22 | THE DATA CENTER JOURNAL Energy is the fuel of data centers, so the dynamics of the energy market will affect everything from cloud-service pricing to site selection and more. Recent years have shown some curious energy trends, judging from data compiled by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). This data provides a window into energy prices, consumption and mix of sources—all of which concern a data center industry that has, perhaps unjustly, gained a reputation as an energy hog. Because the economy is so interrelated, accurately identifying the role of factors such as efficiency in, say, energy consumption or price is a tough task. Yet we can still make interesting observations as well as tentative predictions of how they will affect data centers. 22 | THE DATA CENTER JOURNAL 2017 Energy Report By Jeffrey r clArk

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