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EPA Energy Star Label for Data Centers requires top quartile efficiency performance

Posted in data-center-energy-star, energy-efficiency, energy-star-compliance, epa, power-savings, power-usage, power-usage-effectiveness-rating, pue on June 8th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made the Energy Star label attainable for stand-alone data centers and buildings that house large data centers.  To achieve the Energy Star rating, data centers must achieve the top quartile (25 percent of their peers) of energy efficiency using the EPA energy performance scale. Data center energy efficiency will translate into financial savings and a smaller carbon footprint.  …

…   “EPA uses a commonly accepted measure for energy efficiency, the Power Usage Effectiveness metric, to determine whether a data center qualifies for the Energy Star label. Before being awarded the Energy Star, a licensed professional must independently verify the energy performance of these buildings and sign and seal the application document that is sent to EPA for review and approval.

Data centers are found in nearly every sector of the economy and deliver vital information technology services, including data storage, communications and internet accessibility.

Data centers use a significant amount of energy, accounting for 1.5 percent of total U.S. electricity consumption at a cost of $4.5 billion annually, an amount that is expected to almost double over the next five years.

Significant energy and cost savings are possible through modest gains in efficiency. The energy consumed by data centers is growing every year. “   …

Via EPA: Energy Star Label (Link).

References for starting your data center efficiency program and developing the roadmap for Energy Star rating.  …

  • Data Center Energy Efficiency Principles (PDF).
  • Guidance for energy management programs (Link). 
  • Data Center Benchmarking (Link).

Energy efficiency in data centers

Posted in data-center-design, data-center-efficiency-program, energy-efficiency, epa, servers, standards on June 5th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

can be enabled through adoption of standard definitions for productivity.  Labels such as EnergyStar can be susceptible to eligibility-creep, which results undifferentiated products.  …

…   “It is difficult to define energy efficiency for a complex system such as a data center or a server. Energy efficient is usually defined based on the delivery of the same or better service output with less energy input, but for servers and data centers service output is difficult to measure and varies among applications. Data center operators need standard definitions of productivity in order to purchase energy-efficient equipment, operate it in an optimal way, and design and operate the buildings to house it. “   …

Via EPA: Server and Data Center Energy Efficiency (PDF).
   

Green data center storage standards

Posted in energy-star-compliance, epa, green-storage, standards on May 12th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Join the EPA in working on standards for energy efficient storage.  …

… “EPA is currently developing a new product specification for data center storage. Partners and other interested parties who would like to participate in this process are encouraged … “   …

Via EPA: EnergyStar Storage.

DataCenter UPS EnergyStar Ratings

Posted in energy-star-compliance, energy-star-for-ups, epa, standards, ups on February 17th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

EPA Energy Star Label targeted for UPS Equipment …

… “EPA has concluded that purchasers in all UPS markets will benefit from access to standardized UPS energy performance data made available through the ENERGY STAR program. ” …

http://bit.ly/c4Jztk

EPA Energy Star Server Final Draft

Posted in computer-server, definition, energy-star-for-servers, epa, idle-test, specification on May 3rd, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Energy Star for Servers
EPA publishes final draft specification for labeling computer servers with the Energy Star rating. …

… “EPA added language to the definition above to clarify that a Computer Server must include at least one installed hard drive to be eligible for ENERGY STAR. This requirement was added because the current ENERGY STAR Idle test procedure, provided in Appendix A of this specification, does not contain provisions for testing systems without hard drives. ” …

Via EPA: ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Computer Servers – Final Draft (PDF)

Intel on Energy Star Testing: “Energy Star is a self certifying specification. This means that the system integrator will be responsible for testing the system and submitting the results to the EPA. “

Desktop Footprint is Green Opportunity

Posted in dell, desktops, energy-star-4-compliant, enterprise, epa, footprint, laptop, management, opportunity, procurement on November 4th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

Energy star desktop equipment
The enterprise desktop footprint is the next big opportunity for energy efficiency through better management of the installed base and procurement of new, more-efficient equipment. …

… “You can generate as big of an electricity bill with 100,000 clients around the world as you can with two or three big data centers. ” …

Via Forbes: Green Machine

ENERGY STAR Computers: “Desktop and notebook (laptop) computers, game consoles, integrated computer systems, desktop-derived servers and workstations are all eligible to earn the ENERGY STAR. “

Green Power Recognition

Posted in alternative-energy, award, certificates, climate-change, electricity-usage, epa, green-power, impact, intel, investment, leadership, partnership, power-purchase, procurement, program, purchasing, renewable-energy on October 29th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

EPA recognizes Intel
Intel garners a 2008 Green Power Leadership Award from the EPA for its internal investments in sustainability and the impact from its procurement of green power. …

… “The EPA recognized the company’s voluntary efforts to address climate change through green power purchases and its impact in advancing the renewable energy market. … Intel signed a multi-year commitment to purchase more than 1.3 billion kilowatt hours of renewable energy certificates (REC) per year – enough power to meet approximately 47 percent of its purchased electricity use … ” …

Via Intel: EPA Green Power Partner of the Year

US EPA: “EPA’s Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program helping to increase the use of green power among leading U.S. organizations. “

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Enterprise Server Efficiency

Posted in data-centers, energy-consumption, energy-efficiency, enterprise, epa, growth, improvement, incentives, initiatives, it-project, opportunity, program, savings, server-efficiency, study on October 13th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

EPA ENERGY STAR study assesses energy efficiency improvement opportunities for computer servers and data centers in the United States. …

… “The study projects near-term growth in energy use of U.S. computer servers and data centers, assesses potential cost and energy savings related to computer server and data center energy efficiency improvements, and recommends potential incentives and voluntary programs to promote energy-efficient computer servers and data centers. ” …

Via ENERGY STAR Program: Data Center Energy Efficiency Initiatives

SmartWay Compliant Carriers

Posted in award, carrier-network, carriers, compliance, conservation, emissions, epa, hp-hewlett-packard, maintenance, partnership, power-conservation, product-packaging, save-fuel, savings, smartway, supply-chain on October 8th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

HP is recognized with a SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for leading by conserving energy in its transportation supply chain. …

… “SmartWay Partner carriers conserve more than 540 million gallons of diesel fuel per year, saving the trucking industry more than $2 billion in annual fuel and maintenance costs and eliminating more than 6 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming. HP’s U.S. and Canadian surface transportation supply chain is composed of 100 percent SmartWay compliant carriers, making it one of the region’s cleanest. Earlier this year, HP became the first company to qualify to have the SmartWay logo displayed on its product packaging after certifying its entire surface transportation carrier network for consumer desktops, monitors and accessories was SmartWay compliant. ” …

Via HP: HP Honored by U.S. EPA for Conserving Energy

Data Center Energy Forecast

Posted in accenture, consolidation, data-center, energy-efficiency, energy-growth, epa, forecast, future, green-data-center, growth, report, silicon-valley on July 28th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

Accenture collaborates with members of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group to create a study that forecasts future data center energy growth. …

… “Presented at the Data Center Energy Summit 2008, this consolidated report is the first of its kind to evaluate the EPA‘s data center energy growth scenarios … ” …

Via Accenture: Energy Forecast Report