Data Center Power Generation Roundtable: States Reinventing Energy Delivery Since Hurricane Sandy

ASHBURN, VA – At a recent CapRE event in mid-September, we had the pleasure of welcoming five data center insiders to a roundtable discussion called Innovations in Data Center Power Generation, Reliability and Competitive Pricing. Among the topics of discussion were how the energy sector, on many levels, has changed markedly since Hurricane Sandy. Below is the second part of a transcription of this riveting discussion (check out the first part of this data center power generation roundtable here). Richard S. Sweetser, Senior Advisor – CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships, U.S. Department of Energy: States Picking Up Slack …The movement lately has come from the states. The states have picked it up since Superstorm Sandy. And there have been other power outages – big ones, like the 2003 blackouts. And in the next six months, they were forgotten. Superstorm Sandy was different, because we have tremendous changes in the state of New York. They’re reinventing how energy gets delivers. It’s called the “Rev Process” – you can google that. In the near future, energy will be delivered quite differently in the city. And you have some states that are starting to follow suit – primarily the New England States and the West Coast. You really need to look at Washington and California --  what they’re doing. They’re making major shifts. They are also looking at carbon reduction, energy efficiency, and they’re moving forward with some serious progress. It will impact data…