How are Energy providers influencing site-selection?

With data center growth continuing unabated, site selection remains a key strategic challenge determining revenues, total cost of ownership and lifecycle. Evaluation factors are myriad and complex with environmental risk, taxes and regulations, transportation, construction and permitting costs and speed to market all playing a role.

With huge, 24/7 power demands however, perhaps the most significant is power availability, connectivity and the support of the energy network. Data centers are undoubtedly key customers for utilities and this looks set to continue, as data center electricity use is on-track to reach a consumption of 140 billion kilowatt-hours by 2020. As such, utilities play a key role in addressing the needs of data centers and providing the foundation for successful data center growth.

Tune into this DCD Debate to:
  • Understand the evolving relationship between data centers and utilities to support long-term data center requirements
  • How to project-manage site selection projects to deliver new data centers successfully
  • The role of PPAs, Demand-Response and new technologies in meeting growing demand


Please join our speakers on this live debate

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Johan Börje

Data Center Cooling and Heat Recovery
Stockholm Exergi

Johan Börje is the Director of Marketing for Stockholm Data Parks, a Swedish organization that seeks to help large data centers maximize cost-efficiency and sustainability with low-cost renewable electricity and paid-for heat recovery.
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Leroy Ho

Energy Project Manager

An analytical energy professional with 15+ years of experience in wholesale and retail gas and electricity markets in both utility and deregulated environments Leroy is skilled in Data-oriented decision making with bias for high efficiency and successful evaluator of talent.    Leroy received his BA in Environmental Science from UC Berkeley, his MEM in Resource Economics from Duke University and MBA in Finance from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Christopher Perez

Advisor - IT Facilities Infrastructure Engineer

Puget Sound Energy

Christopher began in the structured cabling industry in 1998 and specialized in converging infrastructure technologies for state government IT. He and his team currently manage cable plant, mission critical facilities infrastructure designs, standards, and monitoring over four data centers and one hundred-fifty remote and corporate locations. He is currently the project co-lead on the construction, build out, and migration of two data centers.

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Tod Sword

Economic Development Consultant

Economic Development Services, Business Customer Division
Southern California Edison

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Susanna Kass - Moderator

Smart Energy Advisor, DataCenter Dynamics

Energy Guest Lecturer at Stanford University

Susanna Kass held senior IT data center global operation and business development roles of over 30 years. Susanna has a proven track record to build operation teams in the data center industry, she works in close collaboration with C-level data center executives to design, build and operate “next wave technology AI enabled data center systems”. Her industry network includes DCD leadership team and the community of global data center participants, global thought leaders in Energy, Ecommerce, Media and Entertainment, Hyperscale Cloud Computing, Telecommunications, E-Retailers, Transportation, Life Science-Bio Medical, Manufacturing, Government and Financial Services.