EPA seeks comments on draft study

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star program has released a draft of a study on data center and server energy efficiency for comment by industry and federal stakeholders.

EPA officials released the draft study on April 23 and will post it on the Energy Star Web site. The EPA is looking for feedback on the Report to Congress on Server and Data Center Energy Efficiency no later than May 7.

In a letter to data center industry stakeholders, Andrew Fanara, Energy Star Product Development Team leader, stated the EPA is looking for comment on the following issues:
  • Has EPA properly identified and addressed the key issues, challenges and barriers to energy efficiency within the data center facility?
  • Are the results and conclusions presented representative of the data made available throughout the document?
  • Has EPA successfully presented the appropriate links to potential policies where the federal sector can play a role and a significant impact?

Comments should be sent to fanara.andrew@epa.gov with a carbon copy to Rebecca Duff, ICF International, at rduff@icfi.com. EPA plans to review all comments submitted by the deadline and make changes to the report, as appropriate. Stakeholders who need additional clarification regarding data or information present in the draft report should contact Eric Masanet, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, at ERMasanet@lbl.gov or 510-486-6794.

The EPA study examines opportunities for energy efficiency improvements to computer servers and data centers in the U.S. In addition, the study examines the potential cost and energy savings related to energy-efficient computing and explores potential incentives and voluntary programs for promoting energy efficiency. The final study is due to Congress in June 2007.

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