20 cities advance to the final round of the Amazon HQ2 pageant, Amazon’s operations are electricity-intensive and require reliable secure, affordable, and high-quality power. Both grid modernity and renewable energy should be important considerations for the company in looking at these 20 finalists. Amazon’s boldest choices are in states with very aggressive clean energy and climate change targets and plans.
Boston, Los Angeles, and New York City The companies safest choices include cities with clean energy, grid reliability, and affordability. Chicago; Montgomery County, Maryland; Nashville, Tennessee; Northern Virginia; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; and Washington Amazon should arguably reject any city in a state that joined the lawsuit against the Clean Power Plan. Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas; Denver; Indianapolis; Miami; Newark, New Jersey; and Raleigh, North Carolina.
How seriously will Amazon really take energy in choosing a site for the HQ2?