Data Center Management: Lessons for the Grid

Utilities are raking in stimulus funds and smart meter manufacturers are working feverishly to imbue the grid with the smarts to redistribute the electrical load down to the household level when consumption rates spike. Envision automatically time shifting that EV charging or dish washing cycle to cheaper overnight hours and you’ve got the idea. It may sound complicated, but efforts to minimize data centers' carbon footprints offer many lessons — and incentives — for just this sort of smart grid innovation.…

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Applying Smart Growth Lessons to the Grid

The path toward the U.S. smart grid — or "grid modernization" in the language of the stimulus bill — has been compared over the last few months to the build-out of the modern transportation system in an earlier era. It's not a bad analogy. The power grid today is a lot like the transportation infrastructure we developed then. It's a system set up to accommodate mass production. But as the grid gets smarter, we'll need a electrical-transport system that's "right sized" for distributed generation.…

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