24
Apr
14

Current Trends in Power

‘Current,’ Get it?!

http://dailycaller.com/2014/04/23/americas-power-grid-at-the-limit-the-road-to-electrical-blackouts/

This is a light-weight article on electricity with a political agenda, but it does raise some interesting questions.  Data center clients are often drawn to northern climates for moderate temperatures and free cooling.  One consideration that I’ve personally never made is the level of competition for power during extreme cold temperatures, and how this might subject a data center to volatile power costs and the specter of lost power.

The author is correct that older plants are not in compliance with environmental regulations are being shut down.  The question becomes how willing or able are companies to provide new capacity to meet demand?  Could this be a boon for ERCOT in spite of Texas’ climate?

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