Data centers are one of the fastest-growing loads on the electric grid. Since they use energy storage as backup in the UPS, the growth in data center loads will result in growth in energy storage capacity. As the penetration of intermittent renewable resources increases, the electric grid requires energy storage to maintain grid balances and system stability.

This paper uses two case studies to look into how data centers can monetize existing assets with no negative impact to customers and support to improve grid stability.