• Jay Jorgensen

Why Data Centers Are Healthy For The Energy Grid



Introduction

Over the past decade, data centers have become one of the most reliable loads on the electric grid. Their ability to balance energy supply and demand is critical for maintaining a healthy energy grid. In addition, they provide essential services like curtailment and peak demand relief that help reduce outages and enable efficient use of renewable resources.

Data centers can help balance renewables.

Data centers can help balance renewables. Because a data center is a reliable load for the grid, it can effectively smooth out fluctuations in renewable energy generation. For example, when solar power generation peaks during the day and drops off at night, that excess electricity stored in batteries can be used to run cooling systems at your data center during those hours when demand on the grid is low. This means you won't have to draw as much power from fossil fuels or coal sources to meet daytime demand.

We need more reliable loads like this!



Data centers provide curtailment services.

  • Data centers can be used to reduce curtailment.

  • Curtailment is a term for when a utility must shut down a power plant because it is not needed. It's an unfortunate by-product of the need for efficiency in the energy grid, as reductions in use during peak times mean that utilities sometimes have to take plants offline for lack of demand. This can hurt revenue, and it also means that these plants are unavailable for use during high-demand periods.

  • Data centers are often located near power stations, which means they're likely able to take advantage of those facilities' capacity during peak hours—and then save money on their own electricity costs by making use of those peaker plants when they're not needed elsewhere on the grid.



Data centers relieve peak demand.

How can data centers help relieve the strain of peak demand? Well, they can be used to help meet that additional demand efficiently. In other words, data centers can supplement existing power sources and help balance out the grid’s load when extra electricity is needed.

When you have a large number of people all using their appliances and electronics at once—such as during a heat wave—the energy grid struggles to keep up with all that extra electricity demand. But with advanced technology in place, your local utility company can use data center power to ensure everyone can access electricity when they need it most!

Data centers are a reliable load that provides greater energy grid stability.

Data centers are a reliable load. A data center’s electric load is constant and predictable, which means it can be controlled more quickly than other building loads such as lighting and HVAC systems. Data centers can also be adjusted to increase or decrease energy use as needed; for example, in the event of an approaching storm, you may want to shut down some servers or reduce the number of lights on in the office building. However, because many types of information technology equipment require precise temperatures that are difficult to maintain without constant cooling or heating (such as server rooms), it’s often necessary to keep these devices running at all times—this means they consume electricity even when no one is using them!




Conclusion

Data centers are a reliable load that provides greater energy grid stability. They reduce customer costs and increase the value of renewables by providing curtailment services and providing a firm load to the grid during times when there is excess generation capacity, and can GIVE BACK the energy in ties of Crises or Peak Demand. Data Centers really should be on every single power provider's grid.


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