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Cutting Datacenter Power Costs
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Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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5/2/2014 | 9:59:10 AM
Re: Building the Smart Grid, one step at a time
I've heard that these systems work best when they are integrated with an API to the utility, so that they get a real-time feed of changing rates during the day and can respond by the minute. I don't know how often a business wants to be changing its actual utility provider, but it could be ramping up backup, for example, when the price of electricity drops.
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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5/1/2014 | 2:39:29 PM
Re: Building the Smart Grid, one step at a time
Well, this is something that can be done without the cooperation of the electrical utility companies. Simply by switching operations dynamically to the lowest cost provider of electricity, the datacenters can save money. The technical details of how they do so will become known and copied, contributing to the base of knowledge that will become the growing basis of the evolving smart grid. But I do think that business people involced in for-profit activities do need to be incentivized for what they do do
Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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5/1/2014 | 2:31:16 PM
Re: Building the Smart Grid, one step at a time
Gary_EL, let's bring on that smart grid! I am honestly kind of sick of hearing about how people need to be "incentivized" to do something as decent and reasonable as conserving energy (no offense to Matt Stansberry in the article, who is actually a friend of mine).

We've had these energy management technologies for a while, but they don't seem to catch on. I think the problem may be that the utility companies are not cooperating -- and why would they? The promise of these tools really lies in integrating them with the meters and monitoring systems of the utilities so that customers can use more power at periods of lowest consumption. That's not in the interest of the electric companiy, but it is of all its customers.
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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5/1/2014 | 2:05:02 PM
Building the Smart Grid, one step at a time
And datacenters managers are just the people to do it, given the tools they have at their disposal and the fluid nature of the service that they provide. And, as the article states, for this process to pushed forward as quickly as possible, IT must be credited for savings in total costs for electricity as they are achieved.


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