Texas Tech Student Media
Because of their intermittency and inter-temporal variations, the integration of renewable energy resources is usually very challenging. Some of the previously proposed solutions, such as the use of energy storage units and fast-responding generators, are costly and may not be desirable in practice. Instead, in this paper, the authors argue that due to the workload flexibility in the Internet and Cloud Computing data centers they can offer a unique opportunity to tackle the challenges in integrating renewable energy resources. Moreover, by running data centers with behind-the-meter renewable generators, they can significantly reduce not only data centers' energy cost but also their Carbon Footprint.