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.
Tucked away in the suburbs of Boston is Greentown Labs, a clean-tech incubator and shared work space that has grown from just three companies to nearly fifty promoting sustainable and clean energy solutions. Among these is a start-up called Altaeros Energies, which is pushing the boundaries of conventional wind power.
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?