Fortune Data Centers Broadens Energy Choices, Expanding San Jose Facility
Data center operator Fortune Data Centers (www.fortunedatacenters.com) announced Tuesday that it has been approved by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (www.pge.com) to transfer the power to direct access service.
As a result, customers of PG & E will now be eligible for competitive source of electricity directly from energy suppliers to PG & E that is not
The move makes La Fortuna de San Jose data center of the first data center in California multi-tenant positioned to provide direct access and benefits to tenants, says Fortune Data Centers CEO John Sheputis.
“To give businesses and consumers the freedom to choose their energy service providers may lead to better outcomes such as lower consumption rates and increased use of renewable energy sources,” says Sheputis. “Offering direct access is not only a benefit to our tenants – is a triumph for Fortune magazine to be the most distinguishes our data center facility to compete in Silicon Valley and California.”
Fortuna was approved by the shortcut after the submission of requests to PG & E, following a decision by the California Public Utilities Commission to implement SB 695, a new law to the limited reopening of direct access customers not residential.
Under direct access, the utility eligible customers can choose from multiple energy suppliers and potentially save hundreds of thousands of dollars per year in energy costs.
Tenants can also opt for renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions by tens of millions of pounds annually.
Fortune also announced it will expand its Phase 1 development at its data center in San Jose.
The company will add 1.4 MW of critical load of IT to the existing 8 MW, bringing total capacity to 9.4MW installation.
The additional capacity is expected to be fully operational later this year and is available in the first quarter of 2011.
The company says the expansion is continuing its path of achieving energy efficiency through the use of innovative methods in the server-cooling and facility design.
Fortuna is already operating at a power level of actual use of 1.38, a level of energy efficiency.
The data center opened in early 2009 and before undergoing an update in September 6MW.