EPA must assess data center energy efficiency

The House of Representatives passed legislation earlier this month ordering the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a study analyzing the growth and energy consumption of federal and private computer data centers.

The bill, HR 5646, co-sponsored by Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), also urges government contracting officials to use energy efficiency standards when buying new computer equipment.

'It is the sense of Congress that it is in the best interest of the United States for purchasers of computer servers to give high priority to energy efficiency as a factor in determining best value and performance for purchases of computer servers,' the legislation said.

Under the bill, which now moves to the Senate, EPA's study must provide an overview of growth trends associated with data centers and the utilization of servers both in the government and the private sector.

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