DOE, EPA launch energy-efficiency info program

The Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency have launched a joint national data center energy-efficiency information program, which will coordinate a wide variety of activities from the DOE Industrial Technologies Program's Save Energy Now initiative, the DOE Federal Energy Management Program and EPA's Energy Star program.

The elements of the program include:
  1. Consensus energy efficiency metrics and benchmarking.
  2. Energy saving tools and training.
  3. Certification of data center energy-efficiency experts.
  4. Equipment performance specification and labeling.
  5. Recognition of best-in-class data centers.

The program is engaging many industry stakeholders who are developing and deploying tools and informational resources to assist data center operators and owners in their efforts to reduce energy consumption, officials said.

These groups include 7 x 24 Exchange; AFCOM; American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers; Critical Facilities Roundtable; Information Technology Industry Council; Silicon Valley Leadership Group; the Green Grid Association and the UpTime Institute.

To initiate the program, DOE and EPA have prepared two fact sheets to summarize their ongoing efforts to provide information, tools, and resources to owners and operators of data centers.

The fact sheets also provide links to numerous nonfederal organizations that can help agencies and businesses improve energy efficiency.

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