San Francisco, California – (The Hosting News) – January 10, 2008 – Data center developer and operator, 365 Main, as a second-year participant in PG and E’s Critical Peak Pricing (CPP) program, has reduced power consumption during CPP events, saving $54,000 in utility costs in 2007.
According to the company, this is the largest CPP savings among all data center companies in PG and E’s coverage area. In total, 365 Main saved 7,477 kWh during the CPP events in 2007 when the company was able to curtail power usage below its energy-consumption baseline.
Jean Paul Balajadia, Senior Vice President of Engineering at 365 Main offered, ”We are pleased to participate in PG and E’s CPP program as one part of our overall energy management efforts and look forward to continuing our participation in 2008. 365 Main is serious about our commitment to improving energy management in the data center, and the CPP program allows us to pursue that cause.”
PG and E’s voluntary CPP program is designed to curtail energy load during the summer to offset the possibility of an energy emergency. The utility offers seasonal discounts to single-building customers that reduce or shift their energy usage away from peak periods.
Steve McCarty, Director of Demand Response Programs at PG and E noted, ”365 Main’s leadership and experience in participating in innovative high-tech demand response programs enhances PG and E’s efforts to reduce data center energy usage in peak periods. As the spotlight intensifies on data centers as energy consumers, we’re pleased to help 365 Main do its part to reduce peak consumption.”
According to the Report to Congress on Server and Data Center Energy Efficiency by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (August 2007), data centers consumed about 60 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) in 2006, roughly 1.5% of total U.S. electricity consumption. The energy consumption of servers and data centers doubled in the past five years and is expected to almost double again in the next five years to more than 100 billion kWh, costing about $7.4 billion annually.
CPP events are generally triggered by temperature but may also be activated by PG and E as warranted by extreme system conditions. PG and E customers that belong to the CPP program are given financial incentives to reduce or shift their energy usage away from peak periods during CPP events. During a CPP event, electric rates for these customers are higher than average during the 72 annual CPP event hours, but electric rates are lower than normal on all non-event days during the summer, which starts May 1 and ends October 31. PG and E notifies CPP participants by 12:00 noon on the weekday before a CPP event.
Last month, 365 Main joined IBM in a panel discussion at the inaugural Hollywood Goes Green conference, which addressed environmental issues in entertainment and related industries, including Hollywood’s role in reducing global warming. Earlier in the year, the company joined the Green Grid, a global nonprofit consortium of technology companies and professionals dedicated to advancing energy efficiency in data centers and business computing ecosystems. In May 2007, 365 Main became the first data center developer and operator to commit to full compliance with the building certification system put forth by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a non-profit organization of leaders from every sector of the building industry. The USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating Systemâ„¢ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. 365 Main also announced the development of a new data center in Newark, Calif., which is being designed according to USBGC standards and is expected to seek LEED certification.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, incorporated in California in 1905, is one of the largest combination natural gas and electric utilities in the United States, providing natural gas and electric service to approximately 15 million people throughout a 70,000-square-mile service area in Northern and Central California. Based in San Francisco, the company is a subsidiary of PG and E Corporation. With a commitment of $109 million in demand response programs from 2006 to 2008, PG and E has one of the largest and most successful demand response programs in the nation.
365 Main Inc. develops and operates data centers, developed and certified to compliance requirements, including SAS70, and feature 24/7/365 power, cooling, connectivity and security capabilities to ensure mission-critical operations and business continuity for tenants. Hundreds of hosting, telecommunication and Fortune 1000 enterprises utilize 365 Main’s privately held services, based in San Francisco, California.
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