Why AI is so thirsty: Data centers use massive amounts of water


With its affordable land and modest electricity rates, Iowa has become a magnet for data centers for some of the world's tech giants.

March 25, 20247 mins
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Tech companies also like Iowa's wind power, which gives it the country's highest rate of renewable energy. Some 60 percent of Iowa's electricity comes from renewable sources, so tech companies can power their data centers there while also working toward ambitious climate goals for low-carbon power.

While Iowa is rich with green energy, there's another crucial resource that data centers need but Iowa often lacks: water.


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