Host in Ireland Welcomes Peter Connolly, Regional Manager, Ireland of EnerNOC, to Its Executive Committee
DUBLIN – 28 February, 2018 – Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, and winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, today announces that EnerNOC, an Enel Group company and a demand response and energy intelligence software provider, will be a strategic partner in 2018. In addition, Peter Connolly, Regional Manager, Ireland of EnerNOC, will join the Host in Ireland Executive Committee.
“We’re excited to welcome EnerNOC as a Host in Ireland partner,” says Garry Connolly, Founder and President of Host in Ireland. “Additionally, we extend a warm hand to Peter Connolly who joins our Executive Committee. Peter’s vast professional background and technical training in energy efficiency and management strategies will prove to be invaluable to the goals of the initiative.”
Ireland must continue to aggressively exploit its renewable energy resources, making strides towards a future of cleaner and more affordable power options with a commitment to 40 percent of its electrical energy from renewables by 2020. As ‘Ireland’s Data Hosting Industry 2017’ report indicated, collaboration between renewable energy developers, data centre operators, and state utilities and agencies is essential to maintaining Ireland’s position as a global, Tier 1 location for hosting as the country’s digital sector enters its next phase of growth.
“We’ve joined Host in Ireland in 2018 because of our desire to learn from data centres, as some are among Ireland’s largest energy consumers,” states Peter Connolly, Regional Manager, Ireland of EnerNOC. “We believe that the whole of Ireland’s data centres can and will offer the world a case study in thoughtful, proactive approaches to energy management solutions. Naturally, with our caliber of global energy market expertise and experience, we also see an opportunity to be a thought-leader and partner in the planning and execution of strategic energy projects.”
EnerNOC, part of the Enel X division of the Enel Group, partners with industrial and commercial businesses to reduce costs, manage risks, increase sustainability, and maximise the value of emerging energy technologies through customised energy management strategies. In partnering with Host in Ireland, EnerNOC aims to help customers navigate the integration of Ireland’s electricity market with the rest of Europe, and connect customers with the new services that EirGrid, the state-owned electric power transmission operator in Ireland, is launching as part of its “Delivering a Secure Sustainable Electricity System” (DS3) programme. It is EnerNOC’s position that Irish data centres can leverage these types of demand-side initiatives to build a positive rapport with the Irish electricity grid system.
As EnerNOC Regional Manager, Peter Connolly leads engagements with Irish industrial and commercial customers, helping them build competitive advantage and operational resilience through energy solutions that include demand response and distributed energy resources.
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Host in Ireland, winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, is an industry-led marketing initiative that provides timely and accurate information about Ireland’s digital asset hosting ecosystem at all times including demonstrating why Ireland is more cost-effective, efficient, reliable, secure and accessible than most other regions across the EU. There’s a reason companies like Microsoft, Zendesk, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Adobe and beyond have sought to host their solutions in as well as to/from Ireland. Many of these reasons are immediately realized due to access to affordable power, redundant network and bandwidth capacity along with a variety of data center providers that offer an array of services sustained by the “5 Ps”: Policy, People, Pedigree, Pipes, and Power. On top of that is a very attractive business management structure, implemented by Ireland, which is keenly interested to bring new businesses into the market. Ireland supports this initiative through its pro-business approach, attractive corporate tax and fiscal structures, common law based legal system, continued investment in off-Island fiber cables to the U.S. and Europe, financial support for data centre energy efficiency, and access to a skilled native English-speaking workforce – ensuring data asset compliance for companies large and small. For more information about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com.
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