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By - Jon Brown

Utilities & Data Centers 2019: Partnering for Sustainable Success
The Future of Resiliency and Renewable Energy in the Data Center - Utility Relationship
January 28-29, 2019 | Richmond, VA

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As we kick-off the year and hurtle through 2019, emerging trends in technology and the desire for sustainability are shaping the future of the data center industry.  The explosive popularity of IoT devices, cloud storage and a focus on renewable energies have forced data centers to become adaptable and to create sustainable partnerships with utilities to provide the best locations and solutions to their enterprise end-user clients.

In order to better meet demand, Data Center Operators are working on a continued effort toward better efficiency with a push to utilizing more renewable power.  As data center facilities are incredibly expensive to design, build, manage and maintain; attractive incentives, partnerships and sites are integral to the success of these projects. Utilities need to be prepared to address the needs of the data centers and the data center enterprise-end-user clients, while also internally preparing themselves for their own use of data centers for data storage and management, particularly as the inherent growth of smart cities infiltrate the power grid. Data Center operators have to be in tune with both the needs of their end user clients as well as with the benefits of working with utilities to build a successful data center.

The 7th Annual Utilities and Data Centers Conference will take a holistic look at the Data Center and Utility relationship with an emphasis on sustainable success.  We will provide perspectives, case studies, stories from the entire data center “ecosystem” (including Utilities, Data Center Owners & Operators, Enterprise-End-Users and Service & Solution Providers).  We will share journeys and best practices as to how utilities can drive data center growth throughout their regions by tying-in resiliency and renewable energies, what data centers need from their utilities to ensure they are providing the best product to their enterprise customers and how utilities are attracting and retaining data centers through mission-critical reliability standards. 


Learning Outcomes

  • Assess how to determine the best data center sites
  • Examine clean energy’s effect on data centers and utilities
  • Discover strategies to reduce energy & maintenance costs while improving reliability
  • Discuss disaster planning and create back-up power solutions for today & tomorrow
  • Create partnerships amongst utilities, data centers, local governments and service providers
  • Review industry trends affecting the role of the utility, data center operator AND data center end-user
  • Determine if AI and machine learning can assist in power consumption reduction
  • Examine Connectivity in the Future Data Center
  • Assess what utilities need to do to attract, retain and manage data center clients
  • Discuss the needs and challenges data center operators are facing



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.9 CEUs for this conference and 0.3 CEUs for the workshop.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations, panel discussions and case studies will be used for this conference.


Monday, January 28, 2019

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:05 a.m. :: Opening Remarks

8:05 – 9:35 a.m. :: What the Future Holds: An In-Depth Look at What’s Trending & Driving the Future for Data Centers, Co-location, Cloud, Reliability and Security

During this pre-tour workshop, utilities and data center operators from both the economic development and technical side will come together to discuss and brainstorm strategies to achieve and effectively manage the data center of the future. 

We will touch on topics such as:

  • The move from In-house data centers to cloud and colocation
  • Energy efficiency strategies and programs
  • Ensuring continuity in the event of a disaster
  • Security issues with virtualization
  • Demand response schemes to reduce load and energy expenditure

Herb Villa, Systems Consultant – Data Center Solutions, Rittal North America LLC

9:35 – 11:45 a.m. :: QTS Data Center Site Tour  

Kevin Snead, Richmond Site Director, QTS Data Centers

11:45 – 12:45 p.m. :: Lunch

12:35 – 1:35 p.m. :: Driving Data Center Growth Across Three Diverse Market Segments in Virginia

This opening keynote panel discussion will share how Economic Development Executives in the state of Virginia have been attracting a variety of data centers to their regions.  We will look at how you don’t have to pick a certain type of client to be successful in growing data centers in your area.

Stan Blackwell, Director Customer Solutions & Strategic Partnerships, Dominion Energy

1:35 – 2:20 p.m. :: Data Center Security and Risk Management: Ensuring your Resiliency Procedures Meet the Needs of your Customers

As security breaches continue to occur, it’s imperative that data centers be constructed with close consideration to resiliency, redundancy and liability.  But it isn’t just the data center operators that need to be ready, today’s Utility needs to be prepared to handle any and all security and risk management breaches that could occur in any data center in their region.  This session will discuss what best practices utilities and operators are employing to meet the needs of their customers.

2:20 – 2:50 p.m. :: Is Your Data Center Utility Bill Too High?  Creating Energy Efficiency in Data Centers

Data centers account for roughly 2% of the total electricity use in the United States; and computational demand is expected to continue to grow at an alarmingly quick rate. However, through commercially available energy efficient technologies, data center energy consumption can be reduced by 20 to 40 percent. In this session we will learn how industry leaders are using efficiency to lower energy bills, improve resiliency, and cut pollution.  We will look at such things as:

  • How you can reduce costs, while also making your data center more resilient and more environmentally friendly
  • Resources that are available from the Department of Energy to improve energy efficiency in data centers
  • Examine best practices and lessons learned to save money and the environment

Stephanie Doyle, Product Portfolio Manager, Xcel Energy

2:50 – 3:00 p.m. ::  Networking Break

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. ::  Clean Energy & Data Center Site Selection

Utilizing clean energy is important for a lot of reasons.  In this interactive session, we will assess the natural resource availability across North America, including solar, hydro-electric, wind energy, electric energy and secured and safe atomic energy that can feed the data center for continuous energy consumption.  We will also examine how the availability of clean energy factors into the site selection for a data center.

Tod Sword, Economic Development, Southern California Edison

3:30 – 4:15 p.m. ::  Co-Opertition: The State-Level Perspective of Working with Multiple Electric Providers to Land Data Center Deals

The stereotype of “Minnesota Nice” is in many ways true, but how do you stay nice and compete for projects?  How does the state manage partnerships with co-operative, investor owned & municipal utilities while staying agnostic?  What are the benefits of working with your competition?  This presentation will offer a window into the “Minnesota Marketing Partnership” a group formed of state & local entities, as well as utilities, engineers and others; with the goal of promoting the state as a location for investment.

Topics covered:

  • Types of electric providers in the state (compare contrast approach to data centers)
  • How to engage with economic developers
  • Benefits and costs savings related to cooperation
  • Incentive programs promoted by the state and individual utilities
  • Site preparedness, i.e. “Shovel Ready” property
  • United message of “Invest in Minnesota”

Kylle Jordan, Regional Business Development Manager, MN Department Employment & Economic Development

Erin Sparks, Economic Developer, Great River Energy

 4:15 – 5:00 p.m. :: Innovative Co-Location:  The Evolution of Rapid Data Center Deployment

Lowering costs and capital expenses, improving infrastructure utilization and better scalability are all important to data center customers; however, they now also want all of this more quickly than ever before.  POD architecture and other prefabricated and modular data center infrastructure are being driven by customers’ needs for different levels of resiliency and kilowatt capacity in a just-in-time fashion.  And as customers continue to look for a suite of scalable and energy-efficient solutions the colocation market will continue to grow. 

In this session, we will look at:

  • The evolution of rapid deployment innovation
  • Greater installation speed and accuracy
  • Energy and resource efficiency
  • Faster electrical system assembly
  • Increased integration of infrastructure elements

Hector Diaz, Director, Mission Critical Sector,  Intermountain Electronics

5:00 – 5:15 p.m. ::  Chairperson’s Day One Closing Remarks

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15 a.m. ::  Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

8:15 – 9:00 a.m. ::  Next Generation Data Centers:  Examining the Network of the Future to Support Next Gen Data Centers

As cloud computing becomes the dominant form of IT, data centers of the future will need to take into consideration the various kinds of applications, users and business units accessing data center resources.  What does this mean to you?  We will examine:

  • What does a next generation data center look like?
  • What type of architecture is needed to support this growth?
  • What is needed to allow data centers to be agile?
  • What additional pulls on the power grid will this have?
  • What type of resources and controls can be put in place?

Todd Gale, VP of Engineering,  Flexential

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. :: Economic Development Megatrends

Competition for business locations and high-quality jobs will continue to grow, and utilities, communities and regions that are prepared to address the needs of existing and relocating businesses will be most successful in capturing new investment.  In this session you will gain valuable insights into current trends and strategies and solutions for success.

Joseph Burchfield, Target Market Specialist, Power Intensive Industries, Economic Development, Tennessee Valley Authority

9:45 – 10:45 a.m. :: Site Selection Through the Eyes of the End User

In this interactive panel discussion, large data center companies will share their perspectives on what makes a site work for them.  We will look at what is important to a data center when going through their site selection process.


Stan Blackwell, Director Customer Solutions & Strategic Partnerships, Dominion Energy


Jim Collins, Director of Energy Markets, Microsoft

James Leach,  Vice President of Marketing,  RagingWire Data Centers

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. :: Networking Break

 11:00 – 11:40 a.m. :: Electrical Preventive Maintenance Programs – Can a Safer & More Cost-Effective Program Be Made?

Facility shutdowns cost organizations in millions of dollars in lost revenues, inventory and other injury related worker compensations. The fear of Electrical Hazards not only cost organizations in economic loss, but also negatively impacts the employee and workplace productivity. These can be catastrophic consequences, particularly in power critical environments such as process plants, data centers, hospitals and utilities. This session will focus on the OSHA requirements and definitions for control of hazardous energy (Lockout/Tagout) standards 1910.147 and guidance of NFPA 70E and 70B standards on electrical safety and recommended practice for electrical equipment maintenance.

Additional topics of discussion will include:

  • Risk control hierarchy
  • Methods to eliminate the risk or to mitigate at acceptable levels
  • Safety-by-design engineering controls to aid in LOTO procedures
  • and more

Andrew Salcido, VP of Operations, Compass Data Centers

11:40 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

12:50 – 1:50 p.m. :: The Story of Connectivity Across the Commonwealth

In today’s world the numerous manners to stay connected abound.  In this interactive panel discussion, multiple large fiber providers discuss the history and abundance of fiber in VA and what the future holds.


Stan Blackwell, Director Customer Solutions & Strategic Partnerships, Dominion Energy


Vinay Nagpal, President, InterGlobix, LLC

Scott K. Brown,  President,  Pixel Factory, Inc.

1:50 – 2:35 p.m. :: Artificial Intelligence:  Can AI and Machine Learning Assist in Reducing Power Consumption at your Data Center?

Tech companies have been battling the amount of energy big data centers consume for years.  Keeping the servers cool as they crunch the “energy numbers” is a massive industry challenge.  Recently organizations have been putting artificial intelligence to use by using AI and machine learning to manage power usage.  In this session, we will take a look a case studies as to how AI tech can successfully reduce the amount of electricity needed for the cooling of data centers. 

We will also answer questions such as:

  • Is AI technology ready to be implemented throughout the data center and utility relationship?
  • How will it impact data center design and operations?
  • How will AI and machine learning affect human capital?
  • Can AI be applied to other challenges in the data center environment?

Phillip M. Sandino, Vice President, Data Center Operations,  RagingWire Data Centers

2:35 – 3:20 p.m. :: Cutting Power Costs and CO2 Emissions: How Equinix Did Both with Fuel Cells

Clients choose Equinix, the largest vendor-neutral colocation and data center company in the world, for two reasons: reliability and resiliency.  Equinix has a corporate goal of running its 145 data centers across five continents on 100% clean and renewable energy.  Equinix wants not only to support its customers in an environmentally friendly way, but also to reduce its own $300M annual energy bill. As of 2016, Equinix had achieved 56% of its renewable goal through wind and fuel cell power. 

Working with Bloom Energy and a subsidiary of Southern Company, Equinix is rolling out fuel cell deployments at 15 North American data centers.  By 2019, Equinix will generate 40+ megawatts of clean fuel cell power.  Over their lifetime, these deployments will avoid 660,000 tons of carbon emissions and save 87 billion gallons of water that would have been used by natural gas or coal fired utility generation.

Carl Cottuli,  Architect, Critical Power Systems,  Bloom Energy

3:20 – 4:00 p.m. ::  Data Center End User Fireside Chat with Stan Blackwell: What Made Virginia the Winner!

Stan Blackwell, Director Customer Solutions & Strategic Partnerships,  Dominion Energy

4:00 – 4:10 p.m. :: Chairperson’s Closing Remarks

4:10 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns


Stan Blackwell | Director Customer Solutions & Strategic Partnerships | Dominion Energy

Joseph Burchfield | Target Market Specialist, Power Intensive Industries, Economic Development | Tennessee Valley Authority

Scott K. Brown | President | Pixel Factory, Inc.

Jim Collins | Director of Energy Markets | Microsoft

Carl Cottuli | Architect, Critical Power Systems | Bloom Energy

Hector Diaz | Director, Mission Critical Sector | Intermountain Electronics

Stephanie Doyle | Product Portfolio Manager | Xcel Energy

Todd Gale| VP of Engineering | Flexential 

Kylle Jordan | Regional Business Development Manager | MN Department Employment & Economic Development

James Leach | Vice President of Marketing | RagingWire Data Centers

Vinay Nagpal | President | InterGlobix, LLC

Andrew Salcido | VP of Operations | Compass Data Centers

Phillip M. Sandino | Vice President, Data Center Operations | RagingWire Data Centers

Kevin Snead | Richmond Site Director | QTS Data Centers

Erin Sparks | Economic Developer | Great River Energy

Tod Sword | Economic Development Consultant | Southern California Edison

Herb Villa | Systems Consultant – Data Center Solutions | Rittal North America LLC


QTS Data Center – Richmond Campus

6000 Technology Blvd

Sandston, VA 23150


Nearby Hotels

Homewood Suites by Hilton Richmond – Airport
5996 Audubon Dr, Sandston, VA, 23150
(804) 737-1600
5.2 miles from the Conference Facility

Hampton Inn Richmond Airport
421 International Center Dr, Sandston, VA, 23150
(804) 226-1888
5.4 miles from the Conference Facility

Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Airport
441 International Drive, Sandston, VA, 23150
 (804) 222-3338
5.4 miles from the Conference Facility

Courtyard by Marriott Richmond Airport
5400 Williamsburg Rd, Sandston, VA, 23150
(804) 652-0500
5.7 miles from the Conference Facility

Four Points by Sheraton Richmond Airport
4700 S Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA, 23231
(804) 226-4300
6.5 miles from the Conference Facility

Hyatt Place Richmond Airport
4401 S Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23231
(804) 549-4865
8.8 miles from the Conference Facility


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