A US Carbon Tax seems more likely than ever with the return of the Obama administration. The national US carbon tax may not take effect overnight but should happen soon in the data center industry. It might come into effect in the next 12 to 18 months. It would help the data center managers to be aware of the same and the impact it will have on the price of electricity in the future as well. There are many benefits or advantages of a national carbon tax. One of them is the fact that it is a green tax which will help in fostering the use of renewable energy rather than sources like coal and oil.
Even a moderate sized tax can raise $1.25 trillion in the next ten years. A carbon tax is also much simpler to implement when compared to a more complex cap and trade plan. Data center operators can begin looking at implementing energy efficiency measures which can include aspects like virtualization and cooling improvements.
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