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RE: WSJ: Big tech firms seeking power

  • From: John van Oppen
  • Date: Sun Jun 18 03:41:39 2006

I can tell you that my home residential rate is just under 6 cents (after taxes) in eastern Washington and that you are in the ballpark with your large commercial customer numbers (irrigators get 2.5 cent rates).    We work with another PUD in the area on data center type apps and find the pricing to be amazing when compared to other areas.   There is also access to large amounts of water (for evaporative cooling as an example) in a lot of areas due to the ability to transfer water rights from agriculture to commercial use.  

If anybody really wants more info, email privately.

John :)

John van Oppen
PocketiNet Communications
Technical Operations
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-----Urspr´┐Żngliche Nachricht-----
Von: chuck goolsbee [mailto:[email protected]] 
Gesendet: Friday, June 16, 2006 10:48 AM
An: [email protected]
Betreff: Re: WSJ: Big tech firms seeking power

>I wonder just how much power it takes to cool 450,000 servers.

I've heard mumbles that the per kWh rates from 
Bonneville in the locations along the Columbia 
are in the sub-4´┐Ż range.

Grant county is seeing a huge fiber building boom 
as a result. It will be more wired up than King 
county soon. Woody was here last night and 
remarked (feel free to correct me if I misquote 
you Bill) that it was funny that nowadays 
"network geeks were more interested in kilowatts 
than kilobits"

--chuck (in Seattle)