Net blamed as crisis roils California
The high cost of deregulation may be bringing California's two largest
electric utilities to the brink of bankruptcy, but the growth of the
Internet is also to blame for the rapid destabilization of the nation's
electric power infrastructure.
So concluded a premier agency of the electric power industry and officials
at some utilities, who cited a huge increase in demand in areas where
Internet hubs and data centers have come online in the past few years. In
the heart of Silicon Valley, for example, power demands skyrocketed by 12%
last year, while the rest of the state saw an overall increase of 2% to
3%, said John Roukeme, a spokesman for Silicon Valley Power, the municipal
utility for the city of Santa Clara, Calif.
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