Amsterdam, 28 March 2014 – EvoSwitch, a leading international provider of carrier-neutral co-location and connectivity services with data centers in Europe and the United States, has just signed a 3-year contract with energy supplier Nuon for the supply of green power including wind power. The wind power is generated at Nuon’s wind farm in Enkhuizen and will be used to power EvoSwitch’ co-location services on the Dutch market.
Ever since opening its first data center in Haarlem in 2007, EvoSwitch has been using energy-efficient technologies and 100% green power to deliver its colocation services. The Nuon contract will act to render the source of the wind power ’tangible’. Just for EvoSwitch, a large board has been put up at Nuon’s Enkhuizen wind farm stating that Nuon is supplying EvoSwitch with 100% sustainable green wind power.
The colocation service provider specifically opted for wind power as it is the cleanest form of green energy, for which the Dutch government has set out a generating quota in its multi-year energy generation plan up to 2020.
Also, research by the Dutch development organization Hivos shows that EvoSwitch holds a shared first place in the field of sustainable data center operations in the Netherlands. EvoSwitch’s AMS1 data center is the first data center in the Netherlands to consume 100% green energy and is 100% carbon neutral.
Green power becomes tangible
Previously, EvoSwitch used green power from a different Dutch supplier. The wind power that is now being supplied by Nuon is more tangible to EvoSwitch’s customers.
“As a provider of data center services, we have always made substantial investments in innovative and green technologies in support of energy-efficient data centre solutions,” explains Evoswitch’s Managing Director Eric Boonstra. “Switching to wind power shows that we are eager to continue our innovation drive in the area of power supply too. For our colocation customers, the green and sustainable nature of their IT infrastructure is suddenly made very tangible. They can go out to Enkhuizen, touch Nuon’s wind turbines and actually see the rotating blades of the turbines that power their IT environment with green current.”
“I believe a major international data center company such as EvoSwitch switching to wind power sends out an encouraging message to the market,” Nuon Energy N.V.’s CEO Peter Smink goes on to add. “It is widely known that IT infrastructures consume a comparatively large amount of energy. EvoSwitch is significantly retrenching the negative impact of its power consumption on carbon dioxide emission levels. First and foremost by going all-out for green power, but now equally by opting for the cleanest form of green energy to boot.”
Customer-individual wind power
Initially, wind power will be committed to supply part of EvoSwitch’s power needs. For a different portion, we will continue to use a mix of different forms of green power, all of which are supplied by Nuon.
“By making volume purchases and concluding long-term forward contracts for the supply of power, we have consistently managed to keep the cost of green power at a stable and highly competitive level over the years,” says Boonstra. “This also applies to wind power, even though at the present time wind power continues to remain slightly higher priced than other types of green power. Market prices for wind power are expected to gradually fall courtesy of new technologies and increased output volumes. Which is why we are adopting a phased approach to making the switch to wind power whereby we intend to gradually make this ultimate form of green energy available to our customers. Including at our data centre sites set to be opened in The Netherlands in times to come.”
EvoSwitch customers who are keen to switch to wind power in full right away are enabled to do so. Boonstra: “Via Nuon the IT infrastructures of individual customers can be powered for the full 100 per cent by wind power generated in The Netherlands.
This is an option we are happy to provide. If there is an unexpectedly big demand for this, this means that we can switch to wind power at an accelerated pace and that we are able to step up the proportion of wind in the total energy mix.”
Green Fan scheme
The use of wind power is not only tangible for the colocation customers of EvoSwitch. The energy efficiency and the green aspect can also be made tangible for customers who indirectly use these ‘green’ IT infrastructures. To this end, EvoSwitch has put in place the Green Fan scheme, which involves a variety of marketing tools enabling EvoSwitch users to formally demonstrate that their IT infrastructure runs on an energy-efficient and green server park.
“Carrying the Green Fan logo is not green washing. It enables customers to make a serious sustainable statement,” Boonstra contends. “Above all else, users carrying the logo in their communications show that their IT infrastructure is made to run in an environment that has one of the lowest Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) values on the market, which is another way of saying that it is highly energy-efficient. That is in addition to the fact that all of the power we are using is also 100% green power.”