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Compute North Supports Request to Reduce Energy Use During Storm Restoration by Nebraska Public Power District

Date Published

12/17/2021

Powering down a part of the company’s data center operations provides needed relief to the Nebraska energy grid to restore power to the local community

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn, December 17, 2021 — Compute North, an industry leader in economical, large-scale computing and cryptocurrency mining infrastructure, demonstrated the value-add and positive impact of its ability to voluntarily throttle down operations at its Kearney, Nebraska data center to support the local grid during times of need.

The severe weather that swept through Nebraska on Wednesday hit communities hard and resulted in damage to power lines and power loss to more than 7,000 Nebraska Public Power District Customers (“NPPD”). NPPD, Compute North’s local power partner, asked the company to temporarily power down a portion of the data center facility to help support the local power grid. In alignment with the company’s core values and the commitment to the communities in which the company operates, Compute North was able to respond to NPPD immediately and within 10 minutes reduce its energy use.

“Compute North’s TIER 0™ data center design creates the ability to throttle power at each facility as required and to dynamically manage power usage thereby helping to manage costs, accelerate adoption of renewable energy across the county, and improve stability and resiliency of the grid,” commented Dave Perrill, CEO of Compute North. “Our thoughts are with the families in the impacted regions of Nebraska, and we are glad we are able to do our part to support the repair efforts underway in the state so that power is restored as soon as possible.” 

Because of Compute North’s consistent and interruptible load profile, the company can work collaboratively with NPPD to facilitate curtailment. This flexibility supports the real-time situation where energy companies, like NPPD need to quickly dispatch power where it is needed, but also expand the usability of intermittent power sources like wind and solar.

“The storm that came through Wednesday was very intense and caused significant damage to the electric system. Having customers like Compute North who are willing to assist us during these times, is extremely valuable,” says Nebraska Public Power District General Manager of Retail Services Pat Hanrahan. “This is a great example of the type of collaboration that benefits our grid operations and local community. We appreciate the strong relationship with Compute North.

While the necessary repairs to NPPD infrastructure take place throughout the impacted regions of the state, Compute North has committed to reduce the energy load so residents and other mission critical customers can get the power they need.

About Compute North

Compute North is the leader in TIER 0™ data centers, focused on delivering the most sustainable, cost-effective computing in the world. The company provides efficient, highly scalable infrastructure for clients in the blockchain, cryptocurrency mining and the distributed computing space. With operations across the United States, Compute North brings a unique combination of data center, energy, and technology expertise to meet the growing demand for purpose-built infrastructure solutions for highly specialized computing needs. For additional information, please visit www.computenorth.com.

Date Published

12/17/2021

Author

Kenzie Maynard

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