Arctic Yearbook 2014
The combination of a cold climate (requiring less air conditioning for servers) and quasi-infinite
renewable energy, as well as submarine optical fibers cables, has been crucial to incite large
business to set up shop in the north. However, the Arctic regions in Canada, Alaska and Russia
do not offer the same potential for renewable energy. They do have large hydrocarbon reserves,
which may serve as an initial replacement for green energy.
Despite the success of laying a cable in the famed Iceberg Alley between Greenland and Canada
in 2009, there is still some uncertainty about the feasibility of projects crossing the entire Arctic.
While cables have been laid since the early 20th century in both Atlantic and Pacific Oceans,
such an endeavor has never been accomplished in the icy waters of the Arctic where the actual
ice and the short window of operations to install (or maintain) the cab \