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High-Voltage Power Distribution Reduces Energy Costs

In a recent whitepaper titled High Voltage Power Distribution for Data Centers (published 14 March 2014), Gartner suggested that higher distribution voltages offer potential for increased efficiency and reduced costs. They note that leaders like Google and Facebook are eliminating step-down conversion steps and thereby increasing their overall transmission efficiency. They make the bold prediction that 90% of data centers will use high-voltage distribution by 2017. What do you think?