On Friday I took a ride home from a stranger in his car, Saturday morning I bought food on the street from someone I don’t know, and this winter I might vacation in the home of a family I’ve never met. It’s not crazy, its Uber, my farmer’s market, and Airbnb. It’s the sharing economy, and electricity could be next.
Swiss engineering group ABB has developed technology that can double the power flow of underground cables, making it cheaper to integrate electricity into the grid from distant offshore wind farms.
It makes sense that many electric utility companies (“utilities”) are turning their attention to influencing the data center and information technology (IT) markets with financial incentives, outreach and education programs. But how effective are these incentives at promoting energy efficiency in data centers?
Eventually, the smart grid will be able to communicate directly with individual buildings and even with individual devices inside.