Datacenterknowledge reports that datacenter provider UK Grid is actually considering entering the power industry to solve its problems. It seems that the supply in Manchester is just insufficient or that further supply is too expensive. So they are planning to buy property near their datacenters, and install CHP (Combined Heat and Power) generators to which they will feed natural gas, and they would of course hook the power plants up to the grid.
Of course, self generating power would give them two independent power feeds, which is one of the qualifying characteristics for the next level of datacenter. But even still, running CHP power plants is a distraction from their main focus - providing and managing colocation etc - so to get them to do this, you know power issues are dominating the industry right now.
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