Rich Miller did a great piece on the trend of small towns getting in the data center business. Wheatland, Wyoming is no stranger to a very large construction project. Benefiting from significant improvements in schools, roads, and services the Town swelled during the 1977 to 1980 construction of the $1.6 Billion Laramie River Station (LRS) power plant on 665 acres.
Consistently ranked as the most cost-efficient, this 3 unit power plant has a total capacity of 550 megawatts per unit. That’s enough energy to run 110 of Google’s large data centers. Wyoming consistently ranks as having one of the lowest electricity costs across all sectors. It’s even lower than Oklahoma, the latest winner of a Google Data Center site selection.
Wheatland is an hour north of Cheyenne (also a recent data center winner of the $60M NCAR project) with reasonable housing, vast available land, cheap power, and outstanding outdoor recreation. It’s impossible to know if Google’s Lloyd Taylor and his site selection team have looked at Wheatland, but someone will stumble on this town and come to the same conclusion.
The gravy? Fiber runs down Interstate 25 right next to the Town making the perfect recipe for a data center project.