I thought i’d post a quick comment on something that broke on the wires this morning / last night.
- Equinix Commits to Use 50 Percent Renewable Energy in Paris Data Centers [Equinix press release]
Fundamentally, what Equinix (EQIX) have done is purchase 45,000 of EDF’s Certificats Equilibre (CEs).
Taken directly from the press release;
For every ‘Certificats Equilibre’ purchased, EDF injects one MWh of power from renewable sources into its network.
The key point here is “into its network” – this doesn’t mean EQIX’s network, it means EDF’s network/grid.
Therefore this does not mean that 50% of the power used by the EQIX datacenter is renewable, it means that the power provider used by EQIX, in this case EDF, has 45GWh of power on-stream from renewable sources.
Granted the Paris EQIX facility uses about 90GWh of power, and so 45GWh of that is coming from a provider who has 45GWh of power on-stream from renewable sources. This is not what the press release claim is though, bad wording.
A more accurate headline “EDF commits 45GWh of power from renewable sources thanks to Equinix“.
Doesn’t quite have the same punch, but much more accurate.