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How Businesses Can Maintain Resilience in Mission Critical Applications, While Optimising Energy Usage And Procurement?

Can Data Centres Generate Electricity Onsite?

One way that data centres could optimise usage and procurement is to generate their electricity onsite, through batteries. However, this is not the ‘greenest’ option, and there are ways that data centres can procure energy that is 100% renewable.

Specialist utilities management companies can look at green/renewable contracts on the behalf of a data centre in order to save on business electricity. Depending on how energy intensive the data centre is, flexible contracts can also be explored, to see how they can add value over and above fixed procurement contracts.

This is an important point. Non-commodity costs are soaring to the point that they will be 66% of an end user’s bill by 2021, which means that data centres must have an energy buying strategy that considers both commodity and non-commodity costs (NCCs).

Rising NCCs is set to be a big factor over the coming years due to this, and if a data centre is considering reducing these costs, then a pass-through contract could be the best option. This means that you get maximum benefit by reducing NCCs through switching to on-site generation during peak hours.

What Technologies Can Assist With the Data Centre’s Optimisation of Energy Consumption?

Technologies such as Intelligent Building controls can help businesses be smarter about how they use their energy, allowing them to reduce consumption, improve energy efficiency, lower costs and cut waste. Intelligent building controls can help to control & manage HVAC, cooling and lighting, as well as much more.

The Internet of Things (IoT) allows multiple devices to be connected to each other. This provides data centres with a number of opportunities, allowing them to better control, monitor, meter and manage energy and water usage. With IoT, data centres have the power to control their energy consumption from anywhere in the world, and at any time, all with the touch of a button.

Can Participation in DSR Markets be Performed Safely and Offer Revenue Streams?

DSR schemes can often be confusing and daunting for end users, but Intelligent Building controls can facilitate this. Companies such as Utilitywise offer a service to assess which DSR schemes are most relevant and lucrative for our clients.

Utilitywise offer a strategic utilities management approach. This means that each data centre’s needs and requirements are assessed in order to create a bespoke plan for each business. This means that each strategic energy management plan is bespoke, depending on the exact needs of the data centre approach. However, if this isn’t required, it could instead be a flexible procurement contract with intelligent building controls, intelligent bureau and bill validation, ongoing account management and market intelligence and support with Climate Change Levy via a CCA service.

In addition, a joined-up approach to energy and water consumption can also be offered. This is a centrally managed solution that means by looking at energy in one area, savings can be unearthed in another area.

To conclude, optimising a data centre’s energy usage and procurement can be a difficult task, but it is still a manageable one, particularly thanks to intelligent building controls and IoT, as well as a joined-up approach to energy and water consumption. With non-commodity costs soaring, it’s now arguably more important than ever for data centres to optimise their energy plans and contracts.

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