Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Rich Miller.
IMG_0827SAN FRANCISCO – The data center industry’s growing appetite for power is testing its relationship with electric utilities, many of whom are struggling to meet cloud builders’ demand for renewable energy.

Leaders from the two industries recently convened for DCD Energy Smart, the first in a series of events to explore ways to build better collaboration. Not everyone was on the same page, but the discussion identified looming challenges, as well as areas where utilities and data centers may be able to work together for change.

“The reason we’re here is the quantity of energy being used by the data center industry,” said Mark Mills, Senior Fellow at The Manhattan Institute. “The growth rate of the power used for data is twice the power growth for everything else. It’s going up a thousand-fold.”

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