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CDC - Innovative design helping Canberra keep the lights on

When the east coast faced extremely hot weather last week, our national energy suppliers knew there would be a big surge in electricity demand – and along with it, the potential for major failures and power disruption across the energy grid.

Canberra Data Centres (CDC) - a majority Australian owned business - provides secure data centre facilities and holds large volumes of government data.  By design, CDC is committed to minimising risks and provide operational resilience and stability to customers.  With leading energy efficiency innovations and technology, CDC has the ability to operate in ‘island mode’ – by using onsite power generators and recycled water to transfer to fully independent ‘off the grid’ operations if needed.

Knowing that CDC has the capability to self-generate electricity (double its usage requirements) ActewAGL approached CDC to assist with the expected heat wave power demand - to curtail demand and help avert a potential power supply crisis situation.

By switching to self-generated power during the peak usage times, CDC reduced demand on the grid – providing more electricity (5-7 MW) for use by Canberra residences and businesses during this critical period.  

CDCs’ Chief Executive Officer, Greg Boorer was excited to be able to take advantage of their state-of-the-art technology and unique facilities design. “Availability for our customers is our major priority – it was excellent that were able to provide support to the ACT community and national energy network suppliers during this time too.

It was estimated the combined response to the emergency avoided ‘load shedding’ scenarios that would have affected between 3,000 and 30,000 connections (5,000 to 45,000 people).

ActewAGL General Manager Energy Networks Stephen Devlin has thanked the community for the overwhelming response to the supply emergency. “The combined proactive effort of everyone across Canberra, particularly our large commercial customers, enabled ActewAGL to sufficiently reduce load across the ACT to meet the requirements of the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and do ‘our bit’ to help stabilise the network,” said Stephen.

For more information, please contact CDC at: info@canberradc.com.au or (02) 6260 2277

Malcolm Turnbull opens new Canberra Government Cloud facility

Published on 26 May 2015

Ministers Malcolm Turnbull, Marise Payne and ACT Senator Zed Seselja joined hundreds of IT dignitaries from the Public and Private sectors to officially launch Government cloud; Canberra Data Centre’s new Fyshwick 1 facility.