RagingWire’s Sacramento Data Centers Now Offering Customers 100% Renewable Energy via SMUD
RagingWire Data Centers, Inc., the nation’s premier data center provider, and SMUD, Sacramento’s community-owned, not-for-profit electric service, announced today they are offering 100-percent renewable energy to customers at RagingWire’s three data centers in Sacramento, California.
“RagingWire Data Centers is a leader in the industry and an outstanding partner,” said SMUD Chief Customer Officer Nicole Howard. “They’ve worked with us for many years to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our region, and we’re proud to help them deliver a 100-percent renewable energy product to their customers while they maintain their leadership in value and reliability.”
RagingWire will provide this renewable energy to its customers by participating in SMUD’s Greenergy® and Large Commercial SolarShares℠ programs. Greenergy allows business customers to purchase up to 100 percent of their electricity from renewable resources such as wind, water, sun and biomass. Large Commercial SolarShares allows large businesses in the Sacramento region to purchase solar energy directly from SMUD.
“It is rare that data center customers can receive critical power that is renewable, reliable, and affordable,” said Douglas Adams, CEO and President of RagingWire Data Centers. “We’re thrilled that our customers can now use power that is 100-percent renewable and 100-percent available and still pay power rates that are approximately 40 percent less than in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley.”
When running at full capacity, RagingWire’s annual use of renewable energy across its three Sacramento data centers will result in a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions approximately equivalent to those produced by passenger vehicles driving 842 million miles, or 375 million pounds of burned coal.
This renewable energy agreement is the largest with a private sector company in SMUD’s 70-year history. SMUD was the first large California utility to have 20 percent of its power supply come from sources classified by California as renewable, and is on track to meet the state mandate requiring utilities to increase their renewable portfolio to 33 percent by 2020.
RagingWire and SMUD previously worked together to save millions of kilowatt-hours of electricity at RagingWire data centers. They accomplished these energy efficiency improvements by installing variable speed pumps, fans and motion-activated lighting systems, as well as by improving the efficiency of water chillers.
About RagingWire Data Centers
RagingWire Data Centers designs, builds, and operates mission critical data centers that deliver 100% availability, high-density power, flexible configurations, carrier neutral connectivity, and superior customer service. The company has 113 megawatts of critical IT power spread across 1.5 million square feet of data center infrastructure in Ashburn, Virginia; Dallas, Texas; and Northern California with significant growth plans in these locations and other top North American data center markets. As part of the NTT Communications group, RagingWire is one of the largest wholesale data center providers in the world with a global network of 140 data centers in 20 countries and regions operated by NTT Communications under the Nexcenter™ brand, and one of the most financially strong companies in the data center industry. For more information visit www.ragingwire.com.
As the nation’s sixth-largest community-owned electric service provider, SMUD has been providing low-cost, reliable electricity for more than 70 years to Sacramento County and small adjoining portions of Placer and Yolo Counties. SMUD is a recognized industry leader and award winner for its innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies, and for its sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. SMUD’s power mix is about 50 percent non-carbon emitting. For more information, visit smud.org.