Data Centers and the Smart Grid

Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 2 p.m. EST/1 p.m. CST/11 a.m. PST

The emergence of the smart grid will have three substantial impacts on data centers. One will be the need for more data centers to support the massive amounts of information and data processing that the smart grid will engender for utilities, energy service providers, and marketers. The second will be how data centers themselves interact with the smart grid as loads responding to grid conditions, microgrids, and demand-response programs without compromising mission-critical cooling and operations. The third will be a boost in efforts and incentives to increase the energy efficiency of data center facilities and equipment.

This Webcast will provide an overview of the smart grid's anticipated information architecture and how data centers could interact with the smart grid through automated demand response, microgrids, and virtual power plants. Also covered will be an update on public/private efforts to improve the energy efficiency of data centers.


  • David Olson, PE., Managing Director, P&E Automation, Inc.
  • Bill Kosik, PE, CEM, LEED AP, BEMP, Principal Data Center Energy Technologist, HP Enterprise Business, Technology Services
  • Paul E. Schlattman, Vice President, Mission Critical Facilities, Environmental Systems Design, Inc.

This Webcast is free and one (1) AIA learning unit (0.1 CEU) (or 1 PDH) will be provided upon successful completion of an exam following the Webcast.

You must get 8 of 10 questions correct to pass the exam. You may retake the exam if necessary. You will be notified whether you passed or failed automatically after taking the exam. Upon passing the exam, a hardcopy certificate will be mailed within 30 days to you at the address you provide below.

1.) Name *
2.) Street Address 1 *
3.) Street Address 2
4.) City *
5.) State *
6.) Zip Code *
7.) Email *
8.) Telephone Number *
9.) Company Name *
10.) AIA Registration Number
11.) Question 1 *

The Smart Grid is a transformation of the existing grid to one that has integrated information systems and an improved capability for peak-load management

12.) Question 2 *

The United States is approaching a problem with having the desired amount of peak-load reserve in some regions of the country.

13.) Question 3 *

The U.S. will be able to quickly construct new power plants to meet forecasted demand.

14.) Question 4 *

A Method of managing peak electricity demand for buildings is:

Demand Response
Load Shedding
Demand Limiting
All of the above
15.) Question 5 *

Data center geo-diversity is a technique for:

Leveling electricity loads across geographic regions to reduce peak demand at each facility
Shutting down data centers where the electrical grid is experiencing problems
None of the above
16.) Question 6 *

Climate does not have an impact on PUEs of data centers.

17.) Question 7 *

Microgrids generate electricity at the building site or nearby

18.) Question 8 *

A 10-MW data center uses as much electricity as a city with a population of:

1,000 people
5,000 people
10,000 people
20,000 people
None of the above
19.) Question 9 *

Issues that data centers owners have for the smart grid are:

Data and information security
Data center reliability
Data center utilization
All of the above
None of the above
20.) Question 10 *

Data center energy management is critical for sustainability and for the smart grid

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