hugh​stimson​.org: Wind Powered

I’ve used Hostgator as a web host for years. They’ve been cheap, nearly 100% reliable, very easy to contact and respon­sive when they do, and they keep sneakily increasing my allow­able storage size and band­width without both­ering to tell me.

I just went to see what my $10/​mo is cur­rently buying me. I learned 2 things:

I learned last week (to my surprise) that Texas really is leading the country in wind power. And appar­ently Hostgator is buying Texas wind renew­able energy credits in excess of its actual power con­sump­tion. Now, I’m always a little confused how these credits work: it’s not as if there’s a windmill some­where that has it’s blades chained up and when you buy a credit they let it start turning. But I really really assume that this is gen­uinely good thing, and that this mon­i­tored and enforced and legit­i­mate. In fact, the web site clearly states that it’s impos­sible to “ensure that only green elec­trons” reach you, and goes on to explain with box and arrow diagrams how it actually does all work, and I’m just going to admit: I’m confused and I just want to be beleive that I’m buying wind power.

The cor­po­rate blog has a post on the subject of the switch to alter­na­tive energy which raises some issues with alter­na­tive energy credits in web hosting, and promotes their version of project.

I find I am actually quite pleased that hugh​stimson​.org is now (sort of, but possibly in a mean­ingful sense) wind powered.

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