Tom emailed me today with a link to this interesting New York Times article about using historic downtown buildings as data centers. I was struck by how data centers are attracted to the historic power grid in downtown St. Louis, which is a relic of the city’s former industrial base:
The reduced commercial presence in St. Louis is a major reason for its popularity with data-center companies. The city’s power grid remains from the time downtown was dominated by large warehouse and industrial companies, and has excess capacity.
“The base level grid that serves the buildings was put in years ago,” said Robert Guller, who has developed several data-center buildings downtown. “The big industrial users back then all required a lot of power, and now it’s not being used.”
In addition to the discussion about building a smart grid in the United States, maybe we should also be talking about utilizing the “historic grid.”